Definition of Tumor Marker

A substance present in or produced by a tumor or by the host, that can be used for differentiating neoplastic from normal tissue based on measurements in body fluids, secretions, cells, and/or tissues. Markers are used in diagnosis, staging and prognosis of cancer, provide an estimation of tumor burden, and serve for monitoring effects of therapy, detecting recurrence, localization of tumors, and screening in general populations.

Tumor Marker is from the group

Disease Marker

Other Names for Tumor Marker

Tumor Marker
Tumor Markers
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