Study: Blood stem cells can eliminate leukemia stem cells

02/10/2013 | Oncology Nurse Advisor online

Maintaining a high level of functioning hematopoietic stem cells -- which produce immune cells, red blood cells and platelets -- may be enough to eliminate leukemia stem cells, according to a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Researchers used computer modeling and simulations to test the effect of an HSC-promoting environment on LSCs. Maintaining an environment conducive to healthy cells may be a better approach to eradicating leukemia cells than focusing on cancerous cells directly, researchers said.

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