The Emerging Role of Liquid Biopsy in Oncology
Department of Medical Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Dr. Govind Babu, Department of Medical Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Keywords: Liquid Biospy; Oncology; Metastatic Cancer
The cornerstone of oncology treatment begins with the pathological diagnosis. We need tissue from the growth to have a proper diagnosis, this is achieved by an open or a needle biospy. The tissue thus obtained is subjected to various studies to help us offer the best treatment to the patient.
We have made reasonable progress in treating even metastatic cancers of several types. The first line therapies are quite effective but many tumors relapse after varying periods of time. We have been repeating biopsies of these recurrences to understand resistance mechanisms. This is now possible due to the rapid advances in molecular biology techniques, the sensitivity of which are ever improving.
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