You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Statement, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery of in-depth coverage of wellness policy developments, discussions and debates. The Daily Health Policy Report is published for Kaisernetwork.org, a free of charge service of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Board Business and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved..There is a growing body of evidence that presents many if not all cancers are caused by stem cells. Tumor stem cells are resistant to therapy and lie dormant, ramping sometimes years later and recreating the tumor up. If the cancers stem cells could be studied and identified, targeted therapies could possibly be developed to destroy them. In this scholarly research, Gomperts and her team screened around 900 tumors removed from patients with non-little cell lung cancers at UCLA and MD Anderson Malignancy Center, seeking to see if the adult stem cells could possibly be found in the tumor. In her laboratory, Gomperts is currently studying the pre-cancerous lesions where the adult stem cells persist in an attempt to uncover the cascade of molecular occasions that may transform these cells into lung cancer stem cells.