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Beyond the tumour microenvironment.

Authors
  • Laplane, Lucie1, 2, 3
  • Duluc, Dorothée4, 5
  • Bikfalvi, Andreas2, 3, 5, 6
  • Larmonier, Nicolas4, 5
  • Pradeu, Thomas2, 3, 4, 5
  • 1 INSERM UMR 1170, Normal and Pathological Hematopoiesis, Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France. , (France)
  • 2 CNRS UMR8590, Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Techniques, Paris, France. , (France)
  • 3 Department of Philosophy, University Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris, France. , (France)
  • 4 CNRS UMR5164, ImmunoConcEpT, Bordeaux, France. , (France)
  • 5 Department of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France. , (France)
  • 6 INSERM U1029, Angiogenesis and Cancer Microenvironment Laboratory, Bordeaux, France. , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Cancer
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Nov 15, 2019
Volume
145
Issue
10
Pages
2611–2618
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/ijc.32343
PMID: 30989643
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In contrast to the once dominant tumour-centric view of cancer, increasing attention is now being paid to the tumour microenvironment (TME), generally understood as the elements spatially located in the vicinity of the tumour. Thinking in terms of TME has proven extremely useful, in particular because it has helped identify and comprehend the role of nongenetic and noncell-intrinsic factors in cancer development. Yet some current approaches have led to a TME-centric view, which is no less problematic than the former tumour-centric vision of cancer, insofar as it tends to overlook the role of components located beyond the TME, in the 'tumour organismal environment' (TOE). In this minireview, we highlight the explanatory and therapeutic shortcomings of the TME-centric view and insist on the crucial importance of the TOE in cancer progression. © 2019 The Authors. International Journal of Cancer published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of UICC.

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