A tumor marker is a biomarker produced by cancer cells or by the body cells which respond to cancer cells. Tumor marker is found in the blood, urine and tissues. The amount of cancerous substances found to be abnormal in patients with cancer. There are several kinds of tumor markers. Each one indicates a specific diseases process. However, it may be found in some non-cancerous diseases. As a matter of fact, some cancer patients may have normal level of a tumor marker. Therefore, the diagnosis of cancer may require other tests such as x-ray, ultrasound and biopsy, etc. The earlier detection of cancer will allow patients to respond to a treatment better. Effective treatments increase cancer survival rate. The cost of treatment in early stage cancer is also less than the cost in late stage cancer.
Benefits of Tumor marker
- Screening and the diagnosis of specific cancer
- Monitoring and planning the treatment
- Monitoring relapse of cancer
Different Tumor Markers – Help Diagnostic tests in different cancers *This operation schedule is for the test performed at N Health head quarter, Bangkok. **Above turnaround time does not include logistic time. For BDMS network hospitals, please contact N Health laboratory located at your hospitals. References