Circulating tumor cells: Personalized medicine in interventional oncology?

Rahul A. Sheth, Robin Hesketh, Amy R. Deipolyi, Rahmi Oklu

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Innovative technologic advancements have expanded the ability of interventional radiologists to capture and visualize directly tumor cells that have intravasated into the circulation. The detection of these circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is revolutionizing the understanding of the pathogenesis of metastasis and is paving the way for exquisitely sensitive techniques to detect malignancy, monitor recurrence, and prognosticate outcomes. In this review, the prevailing theories on the pathobiology of metastasis and the tools that have been developed to investigate CTCs are summarized. The tremendous impact CTCs are likely to have in oncology is discussed, with particular emphasis on their relevance to interventional oncology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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