What Are Liquid Biopsies and How Are They Used?

March 5, 2018
Monika Sharda, ASCO staff

Today, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) released a joint review on the use of liquid biopsies to test for cancer. A liquid biopsy is a special type of blood test. This review provides guidance to doctors and scientists on when to use this procedure, based on current research.

In this podcast, Professor Nick Turner, MD, explains how this new type of biopsy works and some of the key messages of the statement.

  • What is a liquid biopsy and how is it different from a tissue biopsy? [1:39].

  • How are liquid biopsies currently being used? [4:04].

  • What are some ways this procedure may be used in the future? [5:17].

Prof. Turner works at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, United Kingdom. He is a co-author on the joint review.

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