Information for PatientsOn this website the members of the EGTM try to provide information for both patients and professionals on the interpretation of the laboratory results on tumormarkers.
We try to achieve this goal by providing compact guidelines for professionals and additional explanatory texts that can be used by patients to discuss with their doctors.
On the other hand doctors may find these guidelines on tumormarkers also usefull to explain to their patients how and why they use tumormarkers in some conditions but not in other.
In order to make you find your way as easy as possible we have created hyperlinks in the text to help you. These can be recognised by Bold letter type.
In addition we offer the possibility to submit questions for information support. You can find this possibility in the
consult an expert tab at the topline of this page.
you will recieve a direct answer to your question by email and a selection of questions and answers which are considered of more general interest will be put under the heading of FAQ
GuidelinesGuidelines are ment to present compact up to date information about the use of tumormarkers related to cancers from different organs or organ systems.
With the terms "organs" and "organ systems" we mean either separate organs such as the breast or lung or a combination of organs that are closely related to each other such as the esophagus, stomach, intestine as well as gall bladder, pancreas and liver that belong to the gastro intestinal tract, an organ system.
For most organs and organ systems specific focus groups have been installed, headed by experienced scientists and populated by both professionals from the medical field, basic sciences and producers of tests.
We recognise focus groups for:
Breast ( ductal and lobular structures and the nipple )
Lung ( trachea, bronchus, alveolar parenchyma)
Gastro intestinal tract ( esophagus, stomach, intestines, Gall bladder, liver and pancreas)
Urological tract ( covering mainly the Prostate and in the future also Urinary bladder and Ureters, Kidney)
Gynecological tract ( covering the Ovaries, Fallopian Tube, endometrium, endocervix and ectocervix, as well as vagina and vulva )
Neuro endocrine tract ( thyroid, adrenals, hypophysis, parathyroids, endocrine pancreas. )
Germ cell tumors ( mainly tumors from the testis)
The actual guidelines for most of these items can be reached by activating the hyperlinks in the text, similar to the following link to General aspects