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Circulating Tumor Cells and the CellSearch Assay


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The Metastatic Process

Slide 3

April 2011

This slide provides an overview of the metastatic process. The metastatic process begins when a cancer cell breaks away from a tumor and enters the lymphatic or peripheral bloodstream. At some point a circulating tumor cell then comes to rest against a vessel wall and extravasates into the surrounding tissue. This circulating tumor cell may then establish a new tumor at a site distant from the original tumor, in other words a metastasis. Tumor angiogenesis helps establish the new tumor.

The Metastatic Process


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