Blood sample collection

eripheral blood samples are collected for three purposes:

  1. Detection of circulating tumour cells with quantitative real-time RT-PCR in human whole blood.
  2. Determination of useful clinical parameters such as white blood cell count, platelet count, concentration of d-dimers and fibrinogen.
  3. Storage of serum and plasma samples for proteomics: e.g. quantification of angiogenic cytokines (VEGF, bFGF, IL6, IL8) and other biomarkers (HER2) in serum samples.
    At each sampling mission, 40 ml of peripheral blood is collected.