Topic: Blood DNA testing for tumours and responsiveness to treatments

Hi all,

Found this which will appear in tomorrow's Times newspaper in the UK.

"A blood DNA test that can detect whether a tumour has returned or is responding to therapy has been developed by American scientists, in an advance that could revolutionise cancer care.

The achievement promises to transform management of cancer by allowing doctors to monitor the progress of patients with any type of tumour and to adjust their treatment accordingly.

The test, which should be widely available within five years, should spare some patients chemotherapy and radiotherapy that they do not need, while ensuring that others get potentially life-saving extra treatment when the initial course does not kill all the cancer.

It should be capable of detecting even microscopic residual tumours that are missed by imaging methods such as computed tomography (CT) scans."

Link to the full piece -

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u … 032490.ece

Best wishes,

Gavin

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Re: Blood DNA testing for tumours and responsiveness to treatments

Wow, Gavin. That is really something! Than-you for posting that information.

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Re: Blood DNA testing for tumours and responsiveness to treatments

Thanks Gavin,  I just read the article .  The way they sequence things these days, maybe it'll happen much  quicker than 5 years.  It is difficult to determine which course of action to take at this time with Margie. At the very least there is information here.  Thanks again

Re: Blood DNA testing for tumours and responsiveness to treatments

Here's a follow up piece from Cancer Research UK to the story in tomorrow's Times - 

http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org … ncer-care/

Best wishes,

Gavin

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Re: Blood DNA testing for tumours and responsiveness to treatments

From tomorrow's Daily Mail -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic … ients.html

Gavin

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Re: Blood DNA testing for tumours and responsiveness to treatments

Tomorrow's Indpendent -

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style … 04137.html

Tomorrow's Guardian -

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/ … lised-test

AFP -

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/ar … qzvT9fcCRg

Wall St Journal -

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 … atsNewsTop

Gavin

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