Tumor associated antigen

May be shared among several types of tumors.

May be the products of defective or mutated genes unique to a specific tumor.

May be derived from genes only active in early development.

May be silent or minimally expressed.

Can be recognized by T cells.

Activated T cells and antibodies to various tumor associated antigens can be detected in the blood of patients with a number of tumor types, indicating that the immune system has an active role in fighting cancer.

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