Circulating Tumor Cells: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications.

Lin E, Cao T, Nagrath S, King MR
Annu Rev Biomed Eng. 2018 20: 329-352

PMID: 29539267 · DOI:10.1146/annurev-bioeng-062117-120947

Metastasis contributes to poor prognosis in many types of cancer and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Tumor cells metastasize to distant sites via the circulatory and lymphatic systems. In this review, we discuss the potential of circulating tumor cells for diagnosis and describe the experimental therapeutics that aim to target these disseminating cancer cells. We discuss the advantages and limitations of such strategies and how they may lead to the development of the next generation of antimetastasis treatments.

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Animals Cell Separation Electrophoresis Epithelial Cells Filtration Humans Lab-On-A-Chip Devices Lymphatic Metastasis Lymphatic System Lymph Nodes Neoplasm Metastasis Neoplasms Neoplastic Cells, Circulating Prognosis TNF-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand

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