A prostatic cancer cell in an undated microscopic image.[Agencies]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Researchers have found a stem cell, a kind of master cell, that may cause at least some types of prostate cancer.
Their findings are only experimental — the stem cells were found in mice — but could explain at least some types of prostate cancer and eventually offer new ways to treat it, they reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature.
The findings also show a potential new source for prostate tumors — so-called luminal cells, which secrete various compounds used in the prostate.