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What's the primary difference between a stem cell and a cancer cell?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
A stem cell: Has the potential to develop into any normal, committed, differentiated cell/tissue in the body. A cancer cell was once differentiated, but suffers genetic gain or loss to then express difficulties during cell division that may make the mutational change worse. Some lose chromosomal pieces, some gain.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a stem cell and a cancer cell?

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Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 27 years experience
A few cancer cells: Defined as a cluster of cancer cells less than 2 mm in size.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How can we use stem cells to treat cancer?

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Dr. Mark Johnson
Aesthetic Medicine 26 years experience
Stems cells for canc: Stem cell use is contraindicated in cancer. They have the potential to stimulate its growth. No one knows for sure if this happens, so the future may hold some unexpected surprises.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Stem cells are harvested from th bone marrow from donors for transplant into leukemia pastients after chemotherapy.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can stem cells cure cancers?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Not yet.: Stem cells are currently used in bone marrow transplants used to treat leukemia. But they may have the potential to treat diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and muscle damage. However, more work is needed.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is stem cells used for with cancer?

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Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
Stem cells: Stem cells are cells in the body with the capacity to differentiate into many (pluripotent) or all (totipotent) cell types. Often, they are harvested from bone marrow for blood cancers (leukemias), the residual marrow destoyed to remove the blood cancer, and then the marrow is re-populated with the non-cancerous stem cells to replace all the cells that were killed, cancer-free.

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