Liquid cancer test offers hope for alternative to painful biopsies
Mon, Jun 06, 2016 - 5:50 AM
Researcher Aubrey Zapanta in the lab at Guardant Health looking at mutations in 70 cancer-related genes, in Redwood City, California. The next frontier could be to develop a blood test to detect many or virtually all types of cancer at an early stage, when they might be most easily treatable.
A BLOOD test to detect cancer mutations produced results that generally agree with those of an invasive tumour biopsy, researchers reported, heralding a time when diagnosing cancer and monitoring its progression may become less painful and risky.