Potential lung cancer blood biomarker found

October 21, 2014 3:03 PM

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Potential lung cancer blood biomarker found

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio found that patients with stage I to stage III non-small cell lung cancer - by far the most common form of the disease - have different profiles of metabolites in their blood, compared with patients who have the same risk but no disease.

Metabolites are small molecules produced from digestion and other chemical processes in the body. Individual metabolites have been used as markers of disease for years. For instance, raised glucose is used as an indicator of diabetes, and cholesterol is used as an indicator of raised risk of heart d...

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