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August 01, 2012 (Vol. 32, No. 14)

Demystifying Circulating Tumor Cells

  • Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are, by definition, epithelial cells with an intact nucleus that express cytokeratin and don’t express the leukocyte-common antigen CD45, which are found in the blood of cancer patients. Their presence and abundance in patients who have undergone treatment has been shown to correlate with ...

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