Cancer Metastasis and Cancer Stem Cells


  • Huan Liu State Key Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, Cancer Hospital, Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 17 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chao Yang District, 100021 Beijing, China
  • Haijuan Wang State Key Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, Cancer Hospital, Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 17 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chao Yang District, 100021 Beijing, China
  • Haili Qian State Key Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, Cancer Hospital, Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 17 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chao Yang District, 100021 Beijing, China



CSCs, cancer metastasis, immune escape, angiogenesis, drug resistance, cancer therapy.


 Increasing amounts of evidence have indicated the important role of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in tumorigenesis and relapse. Metastasis is a key biological characteristic of malignant tumors. How cancer cells spread from the original tumor into the circulation and then infiltrate distant organs remains a topic of debate. Moreover, understanding the differences between metastasized and non-metastasized cancer cells is the key to develop strategies to block metastasis. In this review, we summarized the development of the CSC theory related to tumor metastasis over the last two decades.


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How to Cite

Huan Liu, Haijuan Wang, & Haili Qian. (2014). Cancer Metastasis and Cancer Stem Cells. Journal of Cancer Research Updates, 3(4),  182–190.