Tushar Desai, MD
Emerging research is investigating which cells, or subpopulations of cells, are actually capable of developing or giving rise to lung cancer.
on Advanced Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer, Desai, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford Medicine, shared insight on his research in stem cells and why discovering which cells have the potential to form lung cancer is significant to the treatment paradigm.
OncLive: You discussed stem cell research at this meeting. What were the highlights of your presentation?
: My focus was on the very early stages of lung cancer development by asking, which cells are capable of forming cancer? Are all cells capable of forming cancer, or only a subset? I have been doing some work in basic lung biology, and identifying the stem cells that regenerate new cells during aging and after injury. It turns out that there are specialized subpopulations that can execute this activity and not all the lung cells can.
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