Special Issue "Cancer Stem Cells in Major Smoking Related Cancers"

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694). This special issue belongs to the section "Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2024 | Viewed by 116

Special Issue Editors

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
Interests: early cancer diagnosis; cancer risk assessment; molecular biologic basis of head and neck; lung and genitourinary cancer; cancer immunotherapy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Therapeutic resistance remains a significant hurdle in treating patients with different types of cancer, including lung cancer, bladder cancer, and head and neck cancer. These three cancer types are closely associated with active and/or passive smoking. The chemicals present in tobacco smoke can cause DNA damage that enhances genetic and epigenetic alterations at the cellular level, eventually leading to the development of neoplastic changes. The risk of other cancer types, such as esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancers, kidney cancer, and cervical cancer, is also known to be increased due to smoking exposure. Numerous environmental exposures (such as smoking) have been reported to be associated with inducing different molecular alterations, initiating and promoting cancer stem cells (CSCs), and ultimately contributing to therapeutic resistance. It is important to note that the relationship between smoking and cancer stem cells is complex and multifactorial, and more research is needed to fully understand the underlying mechanisms. This Special Issue entitled “Cancer Stem Cells in Major Smoking Related Cancers” aims to highlight recent advancements in CSC research associated with therapeutic resistance that could improve cancer management and treatment.

Dr. Mohammad O. Hoque
Guest Editor

Dr. Pritam Sadhukhan
Co-Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cancer stem cells
  • cancer recurrence
  • therapeutic resistance
  • tumor microenvironment
  • cancer signaling pathways
  • targeted therapy
  • head and neck cancer
  • lung cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • esophageal cancer
  • pancreatic cancers
  • kidney cancer
  • cervical cancer

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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