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NEW YORK – A group of researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has applied a blood-based circulating tumor cell (CTC) assay to potentially predict relapse in stage III melanoma cancer patients.

The team plans to develop a combined assay that integrates both CTCs and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) to potentially eliminate the need for repeated positron emission tomography (PET) image surveillance for melanoma patients at risk of recurrence.

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