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Cancer study may accidentally help researchers create usable blood stem cells

A massive research effort over more than a quarter century has tried to make personalized blood stem cells for use in treating leukemias, among many other uses. One way researchers have gone about this is to sample a patient’s adult cells and then “deprogram” them to create induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are capable of forming any of the body’s cell types, including blood cells. Unfortunately, these iPSCs also have the potential to become cancer. So researchers have largely refocused their efforts on making hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which can’t make any cell type, but can produce many types of blood cells. The good news is that HSCs don’t seem to cause cancer like iPCs. The bad news is that researchers have been unable to create HSCs that can take hold and grow in the body.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date January 16, 2020
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Healio

Association of Community Cancer Centers Names Innovator Award Recipients

news outletHealio
Publish DateNovember 06, 2021

The Association of Community Cancer Centers announced recipients of its 11th annual Innovator Awards.

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Cure Today

‘Coming Out’ to Cancer: LGBTQIA+ Discrimination in the Health Care System

news outletCure Today
Publish DateNovember 05, 2021

Uncomfortable and possibly discriminatory situations are what keep many LGBTQIA+ community members from seeking health care on a regular basis.

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Centennial Citizen

Former Castle Pines Mayor Pivots to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

news outletCentennial Citizen
Publish DateNovember 03, 2021

Of all cancers, pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest to suspect, screen for or treat. For Castle Pines resident Maureen Shul, the disease took away two family members and changed her outlook on life.

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The Denver Post

Wings of Hope Raises More than $100,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research at CU Cancer Center

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateOctober 05, 2021

Despite the continuing effects of COVID-19, a dedicated community of supporters converged Sept. 18 for the sold-out Evening of Hope, generating more than $100,000 to benefit pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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