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Single Drop Of Blood Will Soon Be Enough To Diagnose Most Types of Cancer

Single Drop of Blood

Researchers at the VUMC Cancer Center Amsterdam have developed a ground breaking technique that can detect different types of cancer at an early stage from a single drop of blood.

Current cancer detection methods usually rely on scans and tissue biopsies, which are time consuming, difficult and often expensive. CT scans for example can only detect relatively large tumors that are usually in advanced stages. The ability to detect cancer in the blood, also called liquid biopsy, is a major advantage for the early diagnosis and detection of cancer cells.

Tom Würdinger, lead researcher, and his team discovered that thrombocytes or platelets in the blood from cancer patients contain unique RNA markings, which helps carry out DNA’s blueprint instructions, of the specific tumor. Platelets are responsible for the proper coagulation of the blood, but recent studies show, that platelets also play an important role in tumor growth and metastasis of the cancer. The platelets of patients with cancer cells contain unique RNA-patterns which makes it possible to distinguish between healthy individuals and people that have cancer with a 96% certainty for most types of cancer.

The researchers studied blood samples from more than 200 cancer patients which had various diagnoses and prognoses and they were able to determine not only the presence of cancerous cells, but also which type of the cancer they had and if it had metastasised to other parts of the body. Across 6 different tumor types (pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, breast cancer, hepatobiliary cancer and non-small cell lung carcinoma), the origin of the primary tumor was properly identified with 71% accuracy. The platelet profiles can also help determine what type of therapy would be the best and re-analysing blood with this test at different times they can see if the treatment is effective or not.

Although this it is still in an early experimental phase, Tom’s team is currently working on a fast, cheap and usable blood test for public use, that is expected to be available by the year 2020. This newly developed test has been tested on most common types of cancer and the technique provides an innovative combination of powerful computer algorithms in the diagnosis of the cancer through a single drop of blood.

Research has been published in the journal Cancer Cell with the title: “RNA-Seq of Tumor-Educated Platelets Enables Blood-Based Pan-Cancer, Multiclass, and Molecular Pathway Cancer Diagnostics”.

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Warren Simons

  • D.J.

    Excellent news.

  • Tyler Durden

    Now make this available in all hospitals, faggots.

    • Brian H Lewis

      Or maybe continue to test it. Then make sure it works and improve it’s accuracy before unleashing it on the public in it’s current impressive, yet not quite accurate enough for prime-time state Faggot.

  • Rorschachk

    All these faggots making faggot comments. Damn faggots.

    • Desurt Trippur

      To paraphrase Doc in Back to the Future:

      Faggot. Faggot! Faggot faggot!!

  • TheLawrencePerspective

    I’m not entirely convinced of the validity of this test.

    Cancer is all about “levels” of cellular breakdown, and whether it is contained. Also, people are quite capable of living for decades with mild cancers. My guess is that cancer can exist within the tissue entirely as well.

    We cause as many issues in this country “overtreating” cancer (particularly breast cancer) and causing more harm than good with chemo and radiation.

    More research is probably in order.

  • jon raitmon

    Will be available in 2020 — fits the promises of balancing the Fed budget. Need more research and development grants. Send money.

  • Fred Flint

    I dont need a blood sample to know whats wrong with the people in Amsterdam and its not cancer. It’s lack of guts when it comes to stopping Islam. All this fancy technology is a waste of time to Islam, they are the same folks that burned down the library at Alexandria. How far was humanity set back with that little outburst of the religion of peace.

    • alt animation podcast

      8.2 million deaths from cancer, 30k from islamic terrorism…

  • Mark Woodworth, Ph.D.

    The medical industry will buy and bury it to enhance profits.

  • cory raskel

    bullshit. ive heard this type thing 1000 times before, someone will buy it and bury it.

  • Jim Kress

    Yet another overstated claim. This is a widely known methodology that many groups are pursuing. Unfortunately, the biomarkers necessary to realize the dream of liquid biopsy have yet to be discovered and validated.