A biomarker is a biological characteristic of a person that can be measured and serves to indicate something about the person’s health. For example, blood sugar levels are a biomarker for diabetes. Biomarkers are found in blood, other body fluids, or tissues and can indicate normal function or the presence of diseases including cancer. In cancer treatments, biomarkers can be used to match a patient to targeted treatments that are more likely to be effective in preventing toxicity of standard therapies. Examples of cancer biomarkers include presence of certain genetic mutations.
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