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2012-05-08 09:43:38

The cells that slough off from a cancerous tumor into the bloodstream are a genetically diverse bunch, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have found. Some have genes turned on that give them the potential to lodge themselves in new places, helping a cancer spread between organs. Others have completely different patterns of gene expression and might be more benign, or less likely to survive in a new tissue. Some cells may even express genes that could predict their response to...

New Microdevice Enables Culture Of Rare Circulating Tumor Cells From Blood
2012-04-24 13:31:25

Ability to culture rare tumor cells isolated from blood could help improve patient response to therapy A research collaboration between the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Children´s Hospital Boston has created a microfluidic device that can harvest rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood to enable their expansion in culture for analysis. These cells, which have detached from a primary cancer site and often create a secondary --...

2012-03-26 13:24:56

Scientists are enlisting the living, self-propelled microbes found in pond scum – the pea-green surface slicks that form on ponds – in the development of a long-awaited new test to detect the cells that spread cancer through the bloodstream from the original tumor to new sites in the body. In a report here today at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, they described how the test is intended...

2012-03-22 10:58:11

Detecting the presence of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood of women with early breast cancer after surgery but before the start of chemotherapy can provide useful information about their chances of surviving the disease. CTCs are cancer cells which are detectable in patients with a solid tumor and their value in the prognosis of metastatic breast cancer has been known for a few years. Until now, however, there has been little information about their role in early disease....


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