New Blood Test For Cancer Detection

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Researchers from the University of Nagev have developed a simple test which can help in the early detection of various kinds of cancer. Hence it will be helpful for the doctors to save a patient’s life, who is suffering from cancer. Prof. Kapelushnik from the BGU’s Faculty of Health Science along with his team developed an instrument which illuminates cancer cell, with blood which is less than a tea spoon. The test makes use of infrared rays while detecting the miniscule alterations in the blood of the person who is diagnosed with cancerous development somewhere, even before the tumor has spread to other parts of the body.

Various molecules discharged into the blood stream cause it to absorb the infrared rays slightly dissimilar when compared to that of the healthy and fit people. In a current clinical trial with approximately 200 patients along with a control group, the test recognized particular cancers in 90% of the patients and discovered various other types of cancers as well. Doctors are now focusing on the detection of general cancers like the ovarian and lung cancer. Researchers say that it is very complicated to augment cancer detection in initial stages to eliminate the need for lengthy, complicated and expensive treatments in more advanced stages.

The research is still going on and is in the initial stages of the clinical trials, says Prof. Joseph Kapeluknik, who is also the leader and head at the Soroko Hospital. He works at the Department of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology. The purpose of the research is to develop an effective, reasonable priced, simple method and procedure which has the capability to detect as many cancers possible. We want to be capable to detect the cancer when a patient is feeling healthy and good, before it has a chance to metastasize, meaning little treatment and less suffering and therefore many lives saved.



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