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Targeting the tumor microenvironment for cancer treatment

Submission deadline: 31 December 2021
Special Issue Editors
Cristina P. R. Xavier, PhD
i3S - Institute of Health Research and Innovation, University of Porto, Portugal
Interests: Cancer drug resistance; Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) as mediators of cancer drug resistance; Anticancer activity of compounds (of natural or chemical origin); Impact of the tumor microenvironment on cancer drug resistance; Molecular mechanisms for overcoming drug resistance
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,
Several evidences have shown that the tumor microenvironment (TME) can reprogram tumor initiation, growth, invasion, metastasis, and response to therapies. Indeed, the TME has been recognized as a major contributor to cancer malignancy and therapeutic resistance. The TME comprises the surrounding blood vessels, signaling molecules, the extracellular matrix (ECM) and multiple stromal cells, including cancer-associated fibroblast (CAFs), tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), among others. The presence of these cellular components has been associated with poor prognosis and unfavorable outcomes in different types of cancers. Therefore, therapies that simultaneously target tumor cells and TME components may represent a key strategy to overcome drug resistance and improve patient outcomes. This Special Issue includes original research articles focusing on novel bioactive compounds or small molecules (chemically synthesized or of natural origin), or repurposed drugs, that target TME elements to improve cancer therapy. Review articles will also be considered. 

Dr. Cristina P. R. Xavier

Guest Editor


Anticancer compounds
Cancer therapy
Repurposed drugs
Small molecules
Therapeutic resistance
Tumor microenvironment
Manuscript Submission Information

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