Cancer in General

  • Yoshiro Maru


I define the term <cancer> as a combined concept for both tumor and leukemia. Tumor represents mass or solid tumor in a strict sense and leukemia seldom forms mass. However, in order for tumor to achieve hematogenous metastasis, the tumor cells need to make an entry into circulation as leukemic cells usually do. Some researchers call circulating tumor cells (CTC) <tumor cells in leukemic phase.> Both malignancy and neoplasm are synonymous with cancer.


Breast Cancer Multiple Myeloma Hematopoietic Stem Cell Chronic Myeloid Leukemia BRCA1 Mutation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshiro Maru
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  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyTokyo Women’s Medical UniversityTokyoJapan

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