Advances in Circulating Tumor Cells (ACTC)

From Basic Research to Clinical Practice. Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs) present in the peripheral blood and Disseminating tumour cells (DTCs) present in bone marrow can now be detected and characterized at the single cell level. These cells are highly relevant to the study of the biology of early metastatic spread and provide a diagnostic source in patients with overt metastases. Research on CTCs present nowadays a challenge, as these cells are well defined targets for understanding tumour biology and improving cancer treatment.

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Sep 26, 2012 12:00 PM to
Sep 29, 2012 09:00 PM


Astir Palace Vouliagmeni, Westin Resort, Athens Greece

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+30 210 724 0039

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The ACTC meeting is focused on CTC utilisation in clinical practice by bringing together researchers and clinicians to discuss practical implementation of CTCs and translate much of the excellent basic research in this field into clinical practice. The most prominent and established researchers in the field will present state of the art research on the biology of metastasis and on the technical advancements in the isolation, detection and molecular characterization of CTCs. Latest findings on the clinical applications of CTCs in real time monitoring of systemic anticancer therapies will be discussed. A particular emphasis will be given on the relationship of CTCs to cancer stem cells and the relevance of recent findings for the development and use of new targeted therapies in oncology. Our main objectives, is to organize a meeting where latest research will be presented by prominent and established researchers in the field and which will bring together and stimulate intense discussions between both basic and clinical researchers in the field.

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