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Volume 23, Number 3, 2018

Tumor microenvironment – Unknown niche with powerful therapeutic potential

Tomasz Kolenda, Weronika Przybyła, Marta Kapałczyńska, Anna Teresiak, Katarzyna M. Lamperska


Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) are in a group of cancers that are the most resistant to treatment. The survival rate of HNSCC patients has been still very low since last 20 years. The existence of relationship between oncogenic and surrounding cells is probably the reason for a poor response to treatment. Fibroblasts are an important element of tumor stroma which increases tumor cells ability to proliferate. Another highly resistance, tumorigenic and metastatic cell population in tumor microenvironment are cancer initiating cells (CICs). The population of cancer initiating cells can be found regardless of differentiation status of cancer and they seem to be crucial for HNSCC development. In this review, we describe the current state of knowledge about HNSCC biological and physiological tumor microenvironment.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2018; 23(3) : 143-153

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