• Did anyone see the story on the evening news about a blood test for cancer?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Did anyone see the story on the evening news about a blood test for cancer?

    It's supposed to be accurate 90% of the time and take 10 minutes. It's in the early stages but is looking like something that would be promising. ABC News had it in our area.

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Gold nano-particles. It holds a lot of promise, but much research remains to be done. It is the level of false positives that are troubling at this point. Some folks are anxious enough as it is! Definitely one to watch, and it will, if ever approved, be used in conjunction with the existing diagnostic methods for verification.

      10 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Is it supposed to work for all kinds of cancer? Wouldn't that be awesome?

      9 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      They already have liquid biopsies for some kinds of cancer. I think that they are using it for some lung and colorectal cancer patients who are Stage IV to detect recurrences earlier. It's a brave new world out there.

      https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/liquid-biopsy

      9 days ago
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    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Yes, I saw the news about the test and ovarian cancer was named as one of the cancers the test could be used to detect. Right now there is no accurate blood test to detect ovarian cancer. False positives are one problem yes, but the other problem is that not all types of ovarian cancer show abnormal results with the existing blood test. So both false positives and false negatives are possible. It would be fantastic if an accurate blood test for detecting various types of cancers is in the offering.

      9 days ago

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