Posts Tagged: CTC




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CTCs as prognostic markers for metastatic breast cancer

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are tumor cells circulating freely in the peripheral blood of patients. The characterization of CTCs is considered as a real-time “liquid biopsy” that provides an ongoing picture of a patient’s cancer status, offering valuable insight into personalized anticancer therapy. CTCs are very rare and highly heterogeneous, possessing tumor-specific antigenic and genetic characteristics. One… Read article →


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Circulating tumor cell assays and bladder cancer care

In the United States, bladder cancer is surprisingly common, accounting for 4.5% of all new cancer cases in 2015 (1). Worldwide, approximately 365,000 cases are reported every year (2). Clinically, bladder cancer is classified as non-muscle-invasive (70% of new cases), muscle-invasive (20% of new cases), or metastatic (5%) (3). For non-muscle-invasive disease, first-line treatment is resection of… Read article →