Metabolomics represents a more recent addition to the range of omics tools, which are increasingly used in clinical applications. By measuring the composition of small molecules in tissues, blood or urine, it provides a sensitive molecular readout often associated with disease and its states, especially in cancer. Changes in metabolism related to cancer are increasingly well understood and are seen as a major hallmark of cancer. This review covers metabolomics used in human breast cancers, with a focus on its application in clinical diagnostics. There are clear indications that metabolomics could be a useful addition to currently established clinical diagnostic tools for breast cancer, including the possibility to detect cancer and to predict treatment responses and survival rates from blood and tissue samples.
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - Sept 2015|