Circulating tumor cells
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Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) refers to cells that have shed into the bloodstream or lymphatics from a primary tumor. They are thought to constitute "seeds" for the subsequent development of metastases.
History and etymology
They were first observed in blood in a patient with metastatic cancer by Thomas Ashworth in 1869.