What is the role of tumor markers in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Many other tumor markers have been studied in pancreatic cancer, but none has yet been shown to have general clinical utility in this disorder. As with all cancers, there is growing interest in molecular diagnosis using powerful techniques, such as gene expression microarrays and proteomics. These novel tests are adding to our understanding of the basic defects causing pancreatic neoplasms and pathobiology. However, these are still research tools at present.


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