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Pulmonary cancer tumor markers

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Due to the fact that lung cancer is most often an asymptomatic disease, an important percentage of patients are diagnosed in an advanced stage of the disease when a curative treatment is no longer possible. Studies have shown that identification and determination of specific serum tumor markers might play a key role in order to detect the disease, monitor the response to surgery or chemotherapy and provide an early detection of the recurrences. This is a literature review regarding the role of monitoring pulmonary cancer tumor markers such as NSE, CYFRA 21-1, SCC, CEA, CA 125, ferritin, proGRP, IDH1 or CA 19-9.

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