Clinical applications of molecular profiling in colorectal cancer: Review of the literature

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Despite the developments in the diagnostic and management strategies, a considerable number of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients present with disease recurrence after curative surgery. Moreover; there are no reliable indicators to determine the prognosis and response of CRC patients to therapy. By harnessing recent technological advances in molecular profiling techniques, it is anticipated that greater insight to the various combinations of genetic events or alternative pathways underlying carcinogenesis will be gained. By carrying out literature search, we were able to identify a comprehensive list of genes with high differential expression patterns in colorectal cancer that could serve as molecular markers to complement existing histopathological factors in diagnosis, follow up and therapeutic strategies for individualized care of patients.

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Kheirelseid, E. , Miller, N. and Kerin, M. (2013) Clinical applications of molecular profiling in colorectal cancer: Review of the literature. American Journal of Molecular Biology, 3, 131-138. doi: 10.4236/ajmb.2013.32017.

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