Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a highly aggressive and invasive tumor, whose incidence is expected to peak, in many countries, at the end of the present decade, 20-40 years after the peak of asbestos use (asbestos being the most important etiological factor). MPM has a poor prognosis, in part, owing to a difficult and often late diagnosis hindered by a lack of available tests able to diagnose or predict this cancer in its early stages. Recently, there has been increased interest in noninvasive, economic and well-accepted diagnostic tests for screening of asbestos-exposed subjects, as well as for monitoring response of MPM patients to treatment. Several markers have been studied in biofluids, such as serum, plasma and pleural effusions, especially using ELISA, and some of them are still under investigation. However, only mesothelin and ostepontin have proven levels of sensitivity and specificity that are worth testing in the clinical setting.
|Autori:||Cristaudo A; Bonotti A; Simonini S; Bruno R; Foddis R|
|Titolo:||Soluble markers for diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma|
|Anno del prodotto:||2011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|