Extracellular Vesicles in Cancer Detection: Hopes and Hypes

Tony Hu, Joy Wolfram, Sudhir Srivastava

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Early cancer diagnosis is critical for improving patient survival and mortality rates, but most diagnostics on solid tumors rely on imaging tests with limited sensitivity and specificity to identify potential cases, which are then confirmed by tissue biopsies. However, this process is usually not suitable for cancer screening or evaluation of tumor responses to treatment. Liquid biopsies have the potential to bridge this gap, but few such assays have been approved for cancer applications. Extracellular vesicles hold particular promise for liquid biopsy diagnostics but are currently limited by the lack of robust methods for isolation and analysis. New isolation and analysis techniques, however, show promise to improve the clinical utility of extracellular vesicle-based cancer diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTrends in Cancer
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • cancer
  • early detection
  • extracellular vesicle
  • liquid biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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