Cancer Biology Laboratories

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The tumor microenvironment has long been identified as a major factor influencing treatment resistance of cancer to conventional anticancer therapies. In addition, it is now well recognized that the tumor microenvironment plays a critical role in neoplastic cell initiation, malignant progression, and metastatic spread of tumor cells. However, the very characteristics of the tumor microenvironment that lead to therapy resistance also can provide unique treatment opportunities. A major focus of the Siemann laboratory is the development and assessment of novel anticancer treatment strategies.