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British scientists make cancer blood test breakthrough

By January 31, 2024No Comments

British scientists have pioneered a new blood test which can diagnose certain types of brain cancer. As well as being simple and inexpensive, it could in some cases reduce the need for risky, invasive surgeries.

The test could also provide earlier diagnoses, speeding up access to treatment and therefore increasing survival rates.

Experts believe the test could be introduced into clinics rapidly, while also opining that the liquid biopsy would benefit patients with hard to access brain tumours receive treatment more quickly.

Researchers at the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence, run by Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, found the test had “high analytical sensitivity, specificity and precision” in diagnosing glial tumours, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Scientists hope the test could be available to patients in two years if wider studies confirm its validity and efficacy. The test works by works by identifying isolating glial cells under a microscope from a blood sample after staining.

These findings are significant and could offer hope to patients suffering from tumours such as glioblastoma, for whom a 10-year prognosis is gravely poor.

 

Ben Kemp