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CancerSEEK blood test that detects 8 common cancers

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University have trialled a blood test that could identify non-metastastic cancers in the ovary, liver, esophagus, pancreas, stomach, colorectal, lung, and breast.

The CancerSEEK test looks for mutations in 16 genes that regularly arise in cancer and eight proteins that are often released. It could allow for earlier detection of cancers as well as being non-invasive and low-cost.

The test was trialled on over 1000 patients already diagnosed with non-metastatic cancers, and detected cancer with a sensitivity of 69 to 98% (depending on cancer type). The results have been published in the journal Science. View the abstract here.

EACR Past President Professor Richard Marais was interviewed by the BBC about the significance of the development. Watch a short clip here.


Image credit: Illustration by Elizabeth Cook and Kaitlin Lindsay


19 Jan 2018

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CancerSEEK blood test that detects 8 common cancers

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