National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17--20

Tumor markers: A diagnostic tool


Madhav Nagpal1, Shreya Singh2, Pranshu Singh3, Pallavi Chauhan4, Meesam Abbas Zaidi2 
1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, SGT, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, Uttaranchal Dental and Medical Research Institute, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, KGMC, Lucknow, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sri Bankey Bihari Dental College, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shreya Singh
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, Uttaranchal Dental and Medical Research Institute, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
India

The purpose of this review is to give a brief background to enable the judicious use of widely performed serum cancer markers. The markers could be product of cancerous cell or as response to cancer. They are usually proteins, which are mainly found in blood or urine. These markers may be employed to predict primary or secondary tumor risk. Sometimes, non-cancerous conditions can also cause elevation of some tumor markers to be higher than normal. Besides, not every cancer patient may have raised level of a tumor marker. For these reasons, knowledge about cancer biomarkers has increased tremendously. Awareness for cancer and related tumor markers providing great opportunities for improving the management of cancer patients by enhancing the efficiency of detection and efficacy of treatment.


How to cite this article:
Nagpal M, Singh S, Singh P, Chauhan P, Zaidi MA. Tumor markers: A diagnostic tool.Natl J Maxillofac Surg 2016;7:17-20


How to cite this URL:
Nagpal M, Singh S, Singh P, Chauhan P, Zaidi MA. Tumor markers: A diagnostic tool. Natl J Maxillofac Surg [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Feb 1 ];7:17-20
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