Cancer Institute A national cancer institute
designated cancer center

Research Highlights

The Cancer Stem Cell Program builds on the momentum of past breakthroughs at Stanford in stem cell research and therapy. This includes the first isolation of pure blood-forming stem cells in mice in 1984 and in humans in 1991. These discoveries by Irv Weissman, MD, laid the foundation for the first clinical trials in which patients received cancer-free stem cells to regenerate bone marrow function following aggressive chemotherapy.

Today program members are leading the discovery of new tissue-specific and cancer stem cells as well groundbreaking investigations into commonalities between stem cell and cancer biology. Their work is yielding exciting possibilities for new diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies across all cancer types.

The major accomplishments of program members are summarized below:

 

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