A liquid biopsy is a test that analyzes the molecules and cells tumors shed into the blood. Researchers are studying ways to use liquid biopsies to diagnose cancers, monitor treatment effectiveness and look at how the mutations inside cancer cells change over time. The role liquid biopsies might ultimately play in treating metastatic breast cancer is not yet known.
Below you will find articles that can help you better understand liquid biopsies and how they are being studied for use in treating cancer in general and metastatic breast cancer in particular. We’ve also provided a Liquid Biopsy Tutorial, developed by the Research Advocacy Network.
- National Cancer Institute: Using DNA in Blood to Detect, Track and Treat Cancer
- Research Advocacy Network: Liquid Biopsy Tutorial
- Cancer Today: Searching Blood for Cancer Clues
- MedPage Today: Update on Liquid Biopsy in MBC
- Targeted Oncology: The Role of Liquid Biopsies in Breast Cancer
- ASCO: More Evidence Needed for Liquid Biopsies