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Halliday A Idikio (2011)
Publisher: Ivyspring International Publisher
Journal: Journal of Cancer
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Integrated Classification, Human Cancer, Review, RC254-282, Internal medicine, Multiple Omics, RC31-1245, Cancer Stem cells, Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology. Including cancer and carcinogens
Identifiers:pmc:PMC3072616

Human cancer classification is currently based on the idea of cell of origin, light and electron microscopic attributes of the cancer. What is not yet integrated into cancer classification are the functional attributes of these cancer cells. Recent innovative techniques in biology have provided a wealth of information on the genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic changes in cancer cells. The emergence of the concept of cancer stem cells needs to be included in a classification model to capture the known attributes of cancer stem cells and their potential contribution to treatment response, and metastases. The integrated model of cancer classification presented here incorporates all morphology, cancer stem cell contributions, genetic, and functional attributes of cancer. Integrated cancer classification models could eliminate the unclassifiable cancers as used in current classifications. Future cancer treatment may be advanced by using an integrated model of cancer classification.

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