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Cancer Monitoring Methods

Call for Papers

Methods for cancer monitoring and early detection of the disease are of the utmost importance and represent one of the most active areas of current research. Cancer monitoring is crucial not only for early initial diagnosis of the disease, but also for followup of therapy outcome. Despite being well developed, most methods for cancer monitoring are unsuitable for clinical use because they are either insufficiently accurate, not sensitive enough, or require a lengthy complicated analysis. There is a great necessity for more effective cancer monitoring methods that can improve cancer management in routine clinical setting and increase treatment effectiveness. Advances in this field of research are based on a more detailed understanding of the fundamental biological mechanisms involved in the disease process, as well as on advances in genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic research.

This special issue will welcome papers describing the state of the art, advantages and disadvantages, current limitations, and future perspectives of cancer monitoring methods. Particular attention will be given to the papers that report on development, implementation, and validation of novel techniques for cancer monitoring. Of special interest are papers dealing with criteria for optimization of cancer monitoring methods for routine clinical use (specificity, sensitivity, reproducibility, robustness, quantification, and potential for automated analysis).

We invite investigators to contribute original research papers as well as reviews, on cancer monitoring methods in broad sense. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Methodological approaches in cancer monitoring
  • Imaging techniques implementation in clinical evaluation of cancer patients
  • Histopathological evaluation in cancer diagnosis and management
  • Development and validation of laboratory tools for cancer detection
  • Usability of different types of clinical samples for cancer monitoring
  • Monitoring response to therapeutic interventions in cancer
  • Traditional and novel biomarkers for cancer detection
  • Invasive versus noninvasive methods for cancer monitoring

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/biomed/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/author/submit/journals/biomed/cmm/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 4 October 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 27 December 2013
Publication DateFriday, 21 February 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Aleksandra Nikolic, Laboratory for Molecular Biology, Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Guest Editors

  • Oronza Antonietta Botrugno, Drug Discovery Unit, Department of Experimental Oncology, European Institute of Oncology, IFOM-IEO Campus, Milan, Italy
  • Jelena Urosevic, Growth Control and Cancer Metastasis Group, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), Parc Cientific de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Natasa Tosic, Laboratory for Molecular Hematology, Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia