Site Search
Google Search
Features & Columns
Get Alerts

31 Aug 2015 02:24 PM EST

-by Yuliya Geikhman, Staff Writer; Image: Pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness (Image Source: Jason Eppink on Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Over six percent of women who beat breast cancer see it return less than 10 years later.

A new blood test is hoping to put the waiting game to an end by predicting breast cancer relapse before a new tumor has the chance to form.

The test was developed by researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. The test requires only a blood sample, instead of invasive biopsies and other tests, and it looks for small amounts of leftover cancer cells.

The test works by looking for cancer DNA in the patient’s blood, and it is proving to be accurate in predicting who will suffer a relapse. The test was able to find residual cancer DNA in women an average of nearly eight months before any visible signs could be detected

To find the cancer DNA, the team uses “mutation tracking,” a method which determines the specific mutations found in an individual’s cancer cells.

Lead author on the study, Dr. Nicholas Turner, said in a statement that this study “used blood tests to build a picture of how the cancer was evolving over time, and this information could be invaluable to help doctors select the correct drugs to treat the cancer."

It will be a couple of years at least before this test will actually be used by doctors and hospitals, but the team plans to start clinical trials by next year.

"Ours in the first study to show that these blood tests could be used to predict relapse,” says Dr. Turner.

The test can also be used to study the way cancer evolves over time, and how it mutates to resist treatments.

Another member of the research team, Professor Paul Workman, states: "We are moving into an era of personalized medicine for cancer patients. This test could help us stay a step ahead of cancer by monitoring the way it is changing and picking treatments that exploit the weakness of the particular tumor.”

Professor Workman concludes: “It is really fantastic that we can get such a comprehensive insight about what is going on in the cancer all over the body, without the need for invasive biopsies.”

Comments
31 August, 2015
Lower Student Grades Linked to Exposure to Air Pollution

-by Yuliya Geikhman, Staff Writer; Image: Car exhaust contributes to air pollution. (Image Source: frankieleon / armydre2008 on Flickr / CC BY 2.0) If your child’s grades are down, it might not be his fault—it could just be the air he breathes. A new study from the University... Read more

31 August, 2015
These Amateurs Are Embarking on 40,000-Mile Yacht Race

They are ordinary people making an extraordinary journey. A 68-year-old band teacher from Texas, a retired fire captain from California and a just-engaged construction contractor are among hundreds of competitors setting off Monday on the grueling Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.Water tornadoes,... Read more

28 August, 2015
Frozen Green Beans Recalled Over Listeria Scare

General Mills is recalling a "limited quantity" of frozen green beans after a package of them tested positive for listeria. General Mills said, the voluntary recall involves 10-ounce bags of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans with the "Better If Used By" dates of April 10 and April 11, 2016. No other... Read more

27 August, 2015
California Man Bitten by Rattlesnake He Picked up for Photo: Local Media

A Southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand. Alex Gomez, 36, was bitten on Monday by the 4-foot rattler in a field at his family's ranch in Lake Elsinore, this according to TV station KCBS which showed a picture... Read more

26 August, 2015
Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars

Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, mainly because they're sick of recalls. Read more

Prev
1 of 505 pages
FREE
AllMediaNY AllMediaNY AllMedaiNY
allmediany market place
Latest News
Teenager Sentenced to 11 Years for Running Pro-ISIS Twitter Account
Teenager Sentenced to 11 Years for Running Pro-ISIS Twitter Account
31 August, 2015

-by Yuliya Geikhman, Staff Writer; Image: ISIS Propaganda (Image Source: Business Insider) A teenager has been sentenced to 11 years and 4 months in a federal prison for running a Twitter account... More

New Blood Test can Predict Cancer Relapses Months in Advance
New Blood Test can Predict Cancer Relapses Months in Advance
31 August, 2015

-by Yuliya Geikhman, Staff Writer; Image: Pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness (Image Source: Jason Eppink on Flickr / CC BY 2.0) Over six percent of women who beat breast cancer see it return... More

Looking For a Few Thousand Substitute Teachers
Looking For a Few Thousand Substitute Teachers
31 August, 2015

The firm hired to staff Philadelphia School District substitute-teaching jobs has a pressing need: hiring 5,000 qualified people, as soon as possible. To achieve that goal, prepare for an onslaught... More