In this paper, we provide a working classification for circulating biomarkers according to their potential clinical application. We broadly divided biomarkers into four groups: (i) biomarkers of cancer risk, (ii) biomarkers of tumour-host interactions, (iii) biomarker of tumour burden, and (iv) function-related biomarkers. We hope this classification will provide a framework to which the results of future studies can be added. We also discuss the promises and pitfalls in the optional use of biomarkers in oncology.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research