ALEXANDRU ISAIC, ADELINA CHEVERESAN, AMADEUS DOBRESCU, CRISTI TARTA, LAURIAN STOICA, CIPRIAN DUTA, LAZAR FULGER A PILOT STUDY FOR TESTING THE EFFICIENCY OF A NOVEL INTEGRATED ON-LINE PLATFORM USING TUMORAL BIOMARKERS EVALUATION IN COLORECTAL CANCER
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the leading causes of death among cancer patients in Romania. It is known as a heterogeneous disease, characterized by diversion in multiple molecular pathways during its evolutionary process. This research was focusing on the two biomarkers that are related to CRC, specifically Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) and Carbohydrate Antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9). Being an integral part of a wider study, we explored the use of a novel platform to support the strictly controlled process of data collection on colorectal cancer cases. We collected data about the patients regarding baseline clinical parameters, medical history, important comorbidities, intraoperative findings and adverse events, tumor characteristics, histological findings and main laboratory data (blood cell count, serum protein electrophoresis, liver and kidney function tests, serum levels of CEA and CA19-9). The results suggest that these two biomarkers are useful preoperative indicators of local recurrences and prognosis in colorectal cancer. Increased levels of both tumor markers are correlated with an advanced stage of the disease and a poor prognosis. Finally, this study aims to provide the necessary infrastructure, geared towards efficient, safe and comprehensive clinical evaluation of CRC cases.
Keywords: colorectal cancer, pilot study, on-line platform, biomarkers