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Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-22

Tumor markers in clinical oncology.

The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad, India

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JM Bhatavdekar
The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad, India

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The association of biologic markers with cancer has been recognised for many decades. Tumor markers are substances that can be measured quantitatively by immunochemical or biochemical means in body fluids or tissues to detect a cancer and possibly the organ where it resides, to establish the exten of tumor burden before treatment, and to monitor the response to therapy. These include tumor associated antigens, specific proteins, metabolites, and oncogenes and oncogene products. The most commonly used tumor markersare:carcinoembryonic antigen(CEA), alpha feto-protein(AFP), human chorionic goandotrophin(beta HCG), prostate specific antigen(PSA) and CA 125.

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