Abstract

This study demonstrates the analysis of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) in human blood sera using Raman spectroscopy combined with the multivariate analysis technique. Blood samples of confirmed NPC patients and healthy individuals have been used in this study. The Raman spectra from all these samples were recorded using 785 nm laser for excitation. Important Raman bands at 760, 800, 815, 834, 855, 1003, 1220–1275, and 1524 cm−1, have been observed in both normal and NPC samples. A decrease in the lipids content, phenylalanine, and β-carotene, whereas increases in amide III, tyrosine, and tryptophan have been observed in the NPC samples. The two data sets were well separated using principal component analysis (PCA) based on Raman spectral data. The spectral variations between the healthy and cancerous samples have been further highlighted by plotting loading vectors PC1 and PC2, which shows only those spectral regions where the differences are obvious.

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