Jeff Hampton reports for 3 News about a new blood test which researchers believe could substantially change how cancer is detected and treated.
The test, which is able to detect a single cancer cell, could show cancer before conventional scans, and also provides a non-invasive means of monitoring the disease.
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“Doctors are always looking for more sensitive tools to track cancer. Researchers believe this new test – using just a teaspoon of blood – may detect cancer before it shows up on scans.
“”It will give us a non-invasive, or a non-painful way of monitoring a cancer, following a cancer day-to-day, week-to-week, without having to do repeat biopsies,” says Dr Daniel Haber, director of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.”