The detection of circulating breast cancer cells in blood
UNSPECIFIED (2004) The detection of circulating breast cancer cells in blood. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PATHOLOGY, 57 (9). pp. 903-911. ISSN 0021-9746Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jcp.2003.013755
At present, sampling of the lymph nodes or bone marrow for the detection of regions of metastatic disease in patients with breast cancer can only be undertaken at the time of initial diagnosis and surgery. However, the sampling of these tissues and the methods used are inaccurate, time consuming, and cannot be used for easy routine screening to determine disease recurrence and response to treatment. Because of the problems encountered with current methods and tissues sampled at the time of breast cancer diagnosis, this review discusses the urgent requirement for and potential development of a quick, simple, and accurate diagnostic test utilising the haematogenous system, a source of circulating tumour cells in patients with breast cancer, and highly sensitive molecular biological techniques, such as reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. In addition, this review also highlights potential problems that may be encountered and should be avoided when devising such a test.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RB Pathology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PATHOLOGY|
|Publisher:||B M J PUBLISHING GROUP|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 903-911|
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