Summary and Perspective
The earlier chapters of this volume have attempted to identify potential new target molecules that may represent useful cancer markers and have provided information regarding their biological function as well as the potential or actual clinical utilization to the extent that such information is known. These candidate tumor markers reflect alterations in antigenic composition and alterations in gene expression and gene structure. A listing of some of the antigenic and genetic alterations judged to be most promising is presented in Table 1. Which of these will ultimately be incorporated into clinical practice is unknown. Selection of more effective tumor markers will lead to improvement in the quality of patient care, whereas selection of ineffective markers will inflate health care costs without perceived benefit. The latter will serve to cast added doubt on the usefulness for supporting development of new markers in the future.
KeywordsTumor Marker Positive Test Result Test Effectiveness Anaplastic Tumor Laboratory Practitioner
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