Jens Ceder

Associate ResearcherFormer name: Jens Hansson

Research project participant, Assistant researcher, Researcher

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Cancer and Oncology


  • Prostate, Neoplasms, Stem cells


Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common cancer among men in Sweden. Whereas surgery and/or radiation therapy may cure early disease, no effective therapy exists for advanced PCa today. First-line treatment based on castration/androgen-suppression is initially very effective, however castration treatments are generally short-lived as the disease ultimately progresses to a fatal castration resistant relapsed state, where second-line treatments only are successful in improving the quality of survival.

Evidence is now accumulating to suggest that the resistance of cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) to conventional therapies may account for the inability to cure PCa. Understanding the biology behind resistant PCa is of crucial importance if we are to develop new and better treatment regimes. Since CSCs are hypothesized to be responsible for tumour-initiation, metastatic spread, and to cause tumour resistance and relapse, it is logical to try and characterize and target this population of cells – the aim of our research.

Our results open up for the possibility of both basal and androgen-receptor expressing luminal stem-like cells as origin for carcinogenesis and PCa progression, including refractory growth. Targeting this population of cells may prove crucial in our efforts to tackle mechanisms related to resistance and progression in metastatic castration-resistant PCa.

Highlighted research outputs

Jens Ceder, 2015, In: European Urology. 67, 3, p. 480-481

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

Charlotte Svensson, Jens Ceder, Diego Iglesias-Gato, Yin-Choy Chuan, See Tong Pang, Anders Bjartell, Roxana Merino Martinez, Laura Bott, Leszek Helczynski, David Ulmert, Yuzhuo Wang, Yuanjie Niu, Colin Collins & Amilcar Flores-Morales, 2014, In: Nucleic Acids Research. 42, 2, p. 999-1015

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Zandra Hagman, Benedikta Haflidadottir, Jens Ceder, Olivia Larne, Anders Bjartell, Hans Lilja, Anders Edsjö & Yvonne Ceder, 2013, In: British Journal of Cancer. 108, 8, p. 1668-1676 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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