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Researchers Identify Marker That may Predict Whether Lung Cancer Likely to Spread

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https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/tu-rim030920.php

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. More than half of NSCLC patients die after developing metastases. There are no tests currently that would allow doctors to identify patients where more aggressive therapy could reduce mortality. Researchers at Tulane University have identified a protein on tumor-derived extracellular vesicles that indicates if a NSCLC tumor is likely to metastasize, according to a new study in Science Advances.

The protein could be used as a biomarker to develop a ...