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The role of tumour marker testing in early diagnosis

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Published: 10.09.17
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Dr Craig Barrington - South West Wales Cancer Centre, UK

Dr Barrington speaks with ecancer at ESMO 2017 about perspectives from his local tumour board, where he describes a large number of repeated tumour marker tests conduct resulting in little clinical significance.

He describes the economic benefit of testing requests being made in adherence to NICE guidelines, and questions how appropriate repeated testing is considering the delay in care and risk to patient well-being, when no clinically actionable information may be available.

Dr Barrington encourages appropriate use of tumour marker screening where available, and that cost and benefit be considered more closely.

ecancer's filming has been kindly supported by Amgen through the ECMS Foundation. ecancer is editorially independent and there is no influence over content.


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