We use tumor markers to detect the presence of certain types of cancer in the body, and to monitor the progress of cancer treatment.
Tumor markers are substances found in the blood, body fluids, or tissues that are produced by cancer cells. If a certain tumor marker is found in the body, it can indicate that the cancer is still present and ongoing treatment may still be recommended.
Specifically, we can use this test (in conjunction with other tests) to monitor the success of a current therapy, evaluate the need for surgical intervention, or assess the development of recurrence.
Tumor markers are characteristics of cancer cells that can provide information to help treat different types of cancer. A variety of tests to identify breast cancer tumor markers can be performed.
Tumor marker testing provides vital information about the cancer at the cellular level. Together with physical characteristics, such as size, type and stage of the tumor, marker testing can help determine the appropriate medicine and timing of treatment needed to treat the disease most effectively.