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Role of circulating tumor DNA in the management of patients with non-small cell lung cancer

Yi-Chen Jin1 Man-Qi Wu1 Ke-Zhong Chen1* Jun Wang1
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1 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Oncology Institute, Peking University People’s Hospital, Beijing, China
Global Translational Medicine 2022, 1(1), 96
Submitted: 16 May 2022 | Accepted: 20 June 2022 | Published: 28 June 2022
© 2022 by the Authors. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( )

Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is DNA fragment shed from tumor cells and can be isolated from peripheral blood. ctDNA carries genomic information of cancer and is the most widely utilized indicator in liquid biopsy. The application of ctDNA is gaining traction due to its reproducible, non-invasive, and easy-to-obtain characteristics. With the development of detection approaches, ctDNA plays an important role in the management of patients with cancers. In this review, we summarize the basic ctDNA detection measurements and review its application in early screening, prognosis evaluation after the surgery, and efficacy prediction of different therapies in non-small cell lung cancer.

Circulating tumor DNA
Non-small cell lung cancer
Early detection
Prognosis evaluation
Treatment selection
Research Unit of Intelligence Diagnosis and Treatment in Early NSCLC, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Peking University People’s Hospital Research and Development Funds

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