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Blood test in development appears to be able to detect a single cancer cell

January 05, 2011|By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health

 

A liquid biopsy? That’s what developers are calling a new blood test for cancer that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately. The test appears to be hypersensitive to even a single cell of cancer in the body.

This video from KDAF-TV explains why this blood test would be a breakthrough in monitoring the spread of cancer in patients who have been diagnosed.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are working with corporate partner Johnson & Johnson to develop this test. Here's what the company says about the venture.

However, healthcare professionals these days rely on biopsies to detect and locate certain types of cancer. This Mayo Clinic report explains different types.

And cancer patients shouldn't expect to get this blood test anytime soon. The test is being tried out in just a handful a hospitals so far.

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