This book summarizes the latest findings about the role of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in cancer biology and how this knowledge could be used for novel anticancer therapies. It provides an overview of CSCs in selected malignancies with particular emphasis on hematopoietic neoplasias. It then reviews the role of CSCs in metastasis formation and initiation of cancer relapses. It also examines the dark site of cancer therapy such as conventional cancer therapies that may lead to the origin of recurrence CSCs. Finally, it supplies a brief overview of current concepts that may allow for a selective eradication of CSCs.
Table of Contents
Cancer Stem Cells – Fact or Fiction?
Cancer Stem Cells of Sarcoma
Role of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells in the Origination of Mature B-cell Lymphomas
The Leukemia Stem Cell
CD44 Integrates Signaling in Stem Cell Microenvironments
The Dark Site of Conventional Cancer Therapy - Triggering the Origin of Recurrence Cancer Stem Cells
Current Concepts of How to Eliminate Cancer Stem Cells
Novel Cancer Therapies by Molecular Targeting Distinct Growth Factor Pathways and Drug Resistance-associated Molecules in Cancer- and Metastasis-initiating Cells
Salinomycin, a Candidate Drug for the Elimination of Cancer Stem Cells
Targeting Breast Cancer Stem Cells
Targeting Leukemic Stem Cells by Breaking their Dormancy
Dittmar, Thomas; Zänker, Kurt S.