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In vivo detection of circulating tumor cells during tumor manipulation
Author(s): Mazen A. Juratli; Ekaterina I. Galanzha; Mustafa Sarimollaoglu; Dmitry A. Nedosekin; James Y. Suen; Vladimir P. Zharov
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Paper Abstract

Melanoma of the head and neck and its treatment are complex issues. The behavior of head and neck melanoma is aggressive, and it has an overall poorer prognosis than of other skin sites. The goal of this research was to determine if melanoma manipulation could enhance penetration of cancer cells from the primary tumor into the circulatory system. Nude mice were inoculated with melanoma cells in the mouse ear. Blood vessels were monitored for the presence of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) using in vivo photoacoustic (PA) flow cytometry (PAFC). The implanted tumor underwent compression, incisional biopsy, or surgical excision, and the release of CTCs was monitored using in vivo PAFC in real time. We discovered that some medical procedures, like compression of an implanted tumor of a mouse model or an incisional biopsy, may either initiate CTC release in the blood which previously contained no CTCs or dramatically increased (10-30–fold) CTC counts above the initially recorded level. These findings indicate that some intervention (such as palpation during physical exam, or incisional biopsy) can potentially enhance penetration of cancer cells from a primary tumor into the blood circulation, which may increase the risk of metastases. Our results warn oncologists of at least some precaution during physical examination, careful surgery strategy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8565, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics IX, 85652H (8 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007986
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Mazen A. Juratli, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (United States)
Ekaterina I. Galanzha, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (United States)
Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (United States)
Dmitry A. Nedosekin, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (United States)
James Y. Suen, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (United States)
Vladimir P. Zharov, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8565:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics IX
Andreas Mandelis; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Henry Hirschberg; Hyun Wook Kang; Nikiforos Kollias; Melissa J. Suter; Kenton W. Gregory; Guillermo J. Tearney; Stephen Lam; Bernard Choi; Steen J. Madsen; Bodo E. Knudsen; E. Duco Jansen; Justus F. Ilgner; Haishan Zeng; Matthew Brenner; Laura Marcu, Editor(s)

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