Label-Free Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Cancer Detection

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Avci E., Yilmaz H., Sahiner N., TUNA B. G., Cicekdal M. B., Eser M., ...More

CANCERS, vol.14, no.20, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 20
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/cancers14205021
  • Journal Name: CANCERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: SERS, silver nanoparticles, cancer detection, blood, human serum, plasma, BLOOD-PLASMA, SERUM, SILVER, DIAGNOSIS, NASOPHARYNGEAL, NANOPARTICLES, STATISTICS, SCATTERING, LESIONS, STATES
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Simple Summary Blood is considered a rich reservoir of biomarkers for disease diagnosis. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is known for its high sensitivity and has been successfully employed to differentiate blood samples from cancer patients versus healthy individuals. Different from previous reports, this study aims at investigating the reliability of the observed results by varying several parameters influencing the observed spectra. Thus, blood taken from 30 healthy individuals as the control group, 30 patients with different types of cancers, and 15 patients with various types of chronic diseases were used in the study. The results revealed that spectral differences in the cancer group was directly related to the presence of cancer-related biomarkers. Although data were obtained from only small group of patients, the recorded sensitivity and specificity values clearly show the power of the technique to detect cancer. Blood is a vital reservoir housing numerous disease-related metabolites and cellular components. Thus, it is also of interest for cancer diagnosis. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is widely used for molecular detection due to its very high sensitivity and multiplexing properties. Its real potential for cancer diagnosis is not yet clear. In this study, using silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) as substrates, a number of experimental parameters and scenarios were tested to disclose the potential for this technique for cancer diagnosis. The discrimination of serum samples from cancer patients, healthy individuals and patients with chronic diseases was successfully demonstrated with over 90% diagnostic accuracies. Moreover, the SERS spectra of the blood serum samples obtained from cancer patients before and after tumor removal were compared. It was found that the spectral pattern for serum from cancer patients evolved into the spectral pattern observed with serum from healthy individuals after the removal of tumors. The data strongly suggests that the technique has a tremendous potential for cancer detection and screening bringing the possibility of early detection onto the table.