Cancer stem cells and evolving novel therapies: a paradigm shift

Sangeetha Vasudevaraj Naveen, Kumar Kalaivani


Accumulating evidence of stem-like cells/cancer stem cells (CSCs) has been gaining attention of cancer researchers over the last decade. Though many tumors harbor CSCs in their dedicated niches, identifying and exterminating those cells has proved to be difficult, due to their heterogenous nature, as the CSC phenotype vary substantially and may undergo reversible phenotypic changes. As a tumor propagation initiator, CSCs are considered as an exciting novel therapy for a better therapeutic outcome. This review discusses the major advances in the development of CSC-based therapies of most common cancers which includes lung, cervix and liver cancers.