New Blood Test Could Improve Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

by Paromita Datta published on -

 Likes  Comments

You may not have to depend on biopsies for diagnosing prostate cancer. A new blood test developed by the Barts Cancer Institute, UK, published in The Journal of Urology, detects circulating tumor cells for a non-intrusive, but highly accurate cancer diagnosis. The blood test was developed to improve diagnosis through PSA blood test, which usually requires a biopsy, resulting in over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

To develop the test, the team had to come up with the right cancer cell numbers in patients. 98 pre-biopsy patients and 155 patients who had not received any treatment were selected for this purpose. They studied the RNA of the patients for gene expression analysis. The team analyzed the circulating tumor cells in different patients to identify risk groups as well as clinically significant prostate cancer scores.

A woman clinician drawing blood from a young girl.

Consequently, a 12-gene panel prognosis was identified. When this data is combined with PSA levels and multi-parametric MRI, the team could reach very high levels of accuracy in prostate cancer diagnosis. This reduces the requirement of a biopsy and gives diagnosticians a more accurate prognosis of the diseases.

DMCA.com Protection Status
Last updated -
References
About the Author

Paromita Datta covers the latest health and wellness trends for Organic Facts. An ex-journalist who specialized in health and entertainment news, Paromita was responsible for managing a health supplement for The New Indian Express, a leading national daily in India. She has completed her post-graduation in Business Administration from the University of Rajasthan and her diploma in journalism from YMCA, Delhi. She is currently pursuing an e-course, Introduction to Food and Health, from Stanford University, US.

Rate this article
Average rating 0.0 out of 5.0 based on 0 user(s).

Latest Health News:

Man enjoying chips while watching television

Physical Activity Labeling Leads To Healthy Food Choices: Study

The current practice of nutrients and calorie content in food labeling has not shown any significant effect in terms of consumers making healthy choices. Turns…

READ MORE
A middle-aged couple walking in the park

Knowing The Meaning Of Life Improves Overall Health

Do you know your meaning in life? The answer can determine your health and sense of well-being. Recent research published in The Journal of Clinical…

READ MORE
Man with acute depression and PTSD sitting in corner with fear

Justified Violence In Movies Elicits A Response Different Than Unjustified Violence

The violence portrayed by the media remains a cause for concern, especially for the range of adverse effects it could have. But whether the violence is…

READ MORE