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Is mass spectrometry effective in diagnosing ovarian cancer?

David A. Fishman, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
Albumin-bound low molecular weight peptide fragments that are specific to certain disease states, like early ovarian cancer, have been found using mass spectrometry (a method that reveals a molecular profile of a sample). The potential biomarkers (cellular, biochemical and molecular characteristics used in screening, early diagnosis, prognosis, tracking treatment response or recurrence of disease) found through mass spectrometry have been abundant. The same cannot be said for the number of these biomarkers that have been transitioned into clinical practice for diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

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