Other solid tumors

Solid tumors are oncology malignancies that form a discrete tumor mass in, for example, the breast, prostate, kidney, ovary, esophagus, and lung. There is a clinical need to monitor the effect of the therapy to optimize the management of the disease in many cancers. AroCell is selectively exploring the role of TK1 as biomarker in solid tumors.

Solid tumors are oncology malignancies that form a discrete tumor mass in, for example, the breast, prostate, kidney, ovary, esophagus, and lung. This is in contrast to lymphoproliferative malignancies such as leukemia, which may diffusely infiltrate a tissue without forming a mass. In general, clinicians apply a multidisciplinary approach to treating solid tumors. This includes surgery, interventional radiology, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. There is a clinical need to monitor the effect of the therapy to optimize the management of the disease and reduce the risk for exposing patients for unnecessary cytotoxic treatment.

The rate of proliferation and disruption is an important parameter to measure when monitoring the efficacy of therapy in cancer patients. Ki-67, an immunohistological biomarker, has often been performed using tissue biopsies. However, the disadvantage of histological biomarkers dependent on tissue biopsies is that limited amounts of tissue can be studied compared to liquid biopsies, such as serum samples, in which proliferation biomarkers such as TK1 provide an indication of the total disease activity in the subject.

Elevated serum TK1 have been found in many solid tumors including gastric¹, ovary², cervical³, esophagus4, lung5,6, prostate7,8, and breast5,7. Elevated serum TK1 levels post-surgery have been associated with poorer outcomes9.

AroCell TK 210 ELISA provides new opportunities for studying cellular proliferation, tumor cell disruption, and therapy response in subjects with solid tumors by providing a simple, robust, and reproducible test based on serum sample. In addition, AroCell TK 210 ELISA has been shown to be more sensitive using serum from subjects with solid tumors70. In breast cancer patients it was nearly twice as sensitive with similar specificity and a higher AUC (area under the curve)10.

Receiver operating characteristic analyses of serum TK 210 ELISA and TK1 activity assays for distinguishing breast cancer patients from healthy subjects10.

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