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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....

2012-02-02 18:00:40

Series of 5 studies highlights potential of technology to boost patient care, research Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Health, and collaborating cancer physicians have successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of an advanced blood test for detecting and analyzing circulating tumor cells (CTCs)–breakaway cells from patients' solid tumors–from cancer patients. The findings, reported in five new papers, show that the highly sensitive blood analysis...

2012-01-17 11:06:33

The characterization of these cells will allow individualized follow-up of cancer patients, and the development of more efficient therapies. Researchers at the Centro de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica (GENYO) —of which the University of Granada, Pfizer and the Andalusian Regional Government are members— have identified the genetic and phenotypic changes that cause tumor progression and metastasis. The process of metastasis -which is...

2012-01-09 19:49:13

Researchers have developed a method to analyze circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients with non-small cell lung cancer. This method, which can analyze a sample size as small as three cells, may allow clinicians to track cancer progress and treatments and could help them develop new therapies. "We have developed an extremely sensitive test that could be able to detect mutations present in circulating tumor cells (CTCs), and we are hoping that from their characterization, we would...

2011-12-10 01:30:29

Results also suggest patients who have stray tumor cells in the blood should receive aggressive treatment, even if imaging shows no metastases The presence of circulating tumor cells in the blood appears to have no relationship to survival in women who have just been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, according to new research from Fox Chase Cancer Center. However, the research shows that these stray tumor cells may signal that the disease has spread to other parts of the body,...

2011-11-18 03:44:19

The removal of rare tumor cells circulating in the blood might be possible with the use of biomolecules bound to dendrimers, highly branched synthetic polymers, which could efficiently sift and capture the diseased cells, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dendrimers have been used to encapsulate drug molecules and serve as a delivery vehicle, but in the new study they were employed to capture circulating tumor cells by biomimicry -- using nanotechnology to...


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