Cancer cells overexpress heat shock proteins (Hsps), the major components of cellular stress response, to overcome the diversity of stresses and to survive. However, the specific roles of Hsps in initiation and establishment of cancers remain unclear. Using loss of Lgl function-mediated epithelial tumorigenesis in Drosophila , we induced tumorigenic MARCM clones of different genetic backgrounds in wing imaginal discs to examine the temporal and spatial expression and roles of major heat shock proteins in tumor growth. The constitutively expressed Hsp83, Hsc70 (heat shock cognate), Hsp60 and Hsp27 show elevated levels in all cells of the tumorigenic clone since early stages, which persists till their transformation. However, the stressinducible Hsp70 is expressd only in a few cells at later stage of established tumorous clones that show high Factin aggregation. Intriguingly, levels of heat shock factor (HSF), the master regulator of Hsps, remain unaltered in these tumorous cells and its down-regulation does not affect tumorigenic growth of lgl - clones overexpressing Yorkie, although down-regulation of Hsp83 prevents their survival and growth. Interestingly, overexpression of HSF or Hsp83 in lgl - cells makes them competitively successful in establishing tumorous clones. These results show that the major constitutively expressed Hsps, but not the stress-inducible Hsp70, are involved in early as well as late stages of epithelial tumors and their elevated expression in lgl - clones co-overexpressing Yorkie is independent of HSF.