Monday, September 27, 2010

Robert Getzenberg, Johns Hopkins University

Three Questions:
  • Metastatic cancer cells have amplified evolutionary capabilities that allow them to develop resistance to therapeutic approaches.  This may be enhanced by niches/microenvironments being emptied by “sensitive” populations that do not survive.  What role do physical and/or structural properties play in the development of resistance and how can modification of these by used to hinder the evolution of cancer?
  • The concept that cancer cells metastasize as single cells may not be correct.  Groups of cancers cells along with what appear to be perhaps supporting players have been identified.  Do cells, other than the tumor cells themselves, “travel” with the cancer cell and aid in the development of metastatic sites?  If so, are they from the site of origin or are they recruited from other sources?  Can we image these?
  • It appears that heat can be used to increase the sensitivity cancer cells to other forms of therapy and that the price that the cancer cells pays for being so able to develop resistance to therapy is a sensitivity to microenvironmental stresses.  What physical properties of the cells have been altered that creates this sensitivity to stresses?  

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