Circulating Tumour Cells in Lung Cancer.

Francesca Chemi, S Mohan, G Brady

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Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) constitute a potential tumour surrogate that could serve as "liquid biopsy" with the advantage to be a minimally invasive approach compared to traditional tissue biopsies. As CTCs are thought to be the source of metastatic lesions, their analysis represents a potential means of tracking cancer cells from the primary tumour en route to distant sites, thus providing valuable insights into the metastatic process. However, several problems, such as their rarity in the peripheral blood, the technical limitations of single-cell downstream analysis and their phenotypic variability, make CTC detection and molecular characterisation very challenging. Nevertheless, in the last decade, there has been an exponential increase of interest in the development of powerful cellular and molecular methodologies applied to CTCs. In this chapter, we focus on the recent advances of functional studies and molecular profiling of CTCs. We will also highlight the clinical relevance of CTC detection and enumeration, and discuss their potential as tumour biomarkers with special focus on lung cancer.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)105-125
Number of pages21
JournalRecent results in cancer research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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