What is meant by neoplastic markers?

Neoplastic markers are substances secreted by cancer cells or healthy cells in response to the presence of a tumor. They can be hormones, enzymes, or tumor antigens.

They are usually detected with monoclonal antibodies and identified as tumor markers or cancer markers.

However, the elevated levels of a neoplastic marker do not mean automatically that someone has cancer.

What do neoplastic markers indicate?

Neoplastic markers are blood tests for cancer. They measure quantitatively or qualitatively the presence of substances associated with tumors.

Combined with other diagnostic tests, they can diagnose, predict or monitor a neoplastic disease.

Usually, a clinician orders a tumor marker test after diagnosing cancer or when there are strong indications of cancer.

That is because no cancer marker is so sensitive and specific to give a valid result for mass screening of the general population.

What are the most commonly examined tumor markers?

The tumor markers that are most frequently used to detect cancer are the following:

  • Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
  • Carbohydrate antigens (CA)
  • Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)
  • Neuron specific enolase (NSE)
  • Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)
  • Prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP)

Tests for cancer markers at PLUS diagnostic center

PLUS microbiology laboratory conducts a wide range of tests that measure neoplastic markers.

With the use of modern and high-precision analyzers, we offer valid measurements for the most significant cancer markers.

An experienced Medical Biopathologist reviews the test results before delivering them to the patient.

Roche Elecsys 2010

Roche Elecsys 2010 / Cobas 411

High-precision immunological-hormonal analyzers for valid measurements.


Vein Viewer Flex

Use of a venous imaging device for painless blood sampling.

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