Cancer Stem Cells

The few cells within a tumor that fuel the growth of the tumor are known as cancer stem cells. These cells typically only make approximately 1% to 3% of the total number of cells in a tumor. The focus of cancer research is on the stem cells found in cancerous tumors. Current cancer treatments, according to researchers, occasionally fail because they do not eradicate the cancer stem cells. Think of cancer as a weed, with stem cells serving as the plant's base while the majority of the remaining cells make up the plant's surface. The weed will reappear if you merely pull off the leaves and leave the roots behind. The same is true for cancer: if you do not eliminate the cancer stem cells, the disease will probably come back.




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