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Blood tests for cancer detection
06.05.2012
 
At Soroka hospital (Beer Sheva, Israel), in affiliation with Ben-Gurion University, a unique method to detect various types of cancer is being developed, based on the simple blood test. Scientists have reported that clinical success was achieved in 90% of cases during preliminary clinical studies. "At this moment the research is at the stage of small clinical trials," says Professor Joseph Kfiloshnik, director of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department, "but the goal is to develop an effective, inexpensive and easy to use method for detection of possible types of cancer."
                                                                                                                    
 One of the most serious problems of today's medicine is search for ways to eradicate cancer. One way to achieve this is by early detection of disease at the earliest stages, before it will require a long and complicated medical treatment, which is, unfortunately, not always effective. Scientists worldwide are trying to develop new methods, such as the identification of specific cancer antibodies, mammography for detecting breast cancer, colonoscopy for colorectal cancer, etc.
Professor Kfiloshnik and his colleagues have developed a unique system that can detect cancer in the blood with the help of infra-red radiation. A small amount of blood (about 1 cm3) is placed in a special device that checks the spectrum, and allows to identify the cancer presence. At this stage of the study, the researchers focus their attention on the common types of cancer such as lung cancer and ovarian cancer, but this method makes it possible to detect other cancer types. Clinical trial, involving 200 cancer patients with a confirmed diagnosis and the control group, has been recently conducted. The research method allows to distinguish between patients and healthy subjects, with a sensitivity of 90%. Professor Kfiloshnik emphasizes that this is a very small number of subjects, and it is necessary to conduct clinical trials with much larger group of people, however, he is very pleased with the results.
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