Future Innovation for Cancer Detection


New discoveries in cancer research are happening all the time and below I’ve posted just a few headlines that caught my attention that I would like to share.


Jan. 17, 2019 - New combination blood test for pancreatic cancer may catch disease earlier. “A team led by Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) scientists has developed a new, simple blood test that, when combined with an existing [blood] test, detects nearly 70 percent of pancreatic cancers…”  Researchers “… measure levels of sugars produced by pancreatic cancer cells that subsequently escape into the blood stream.”

Dec. 3, 2018 - Researchers develop accurate, non-invasive method to detect bladder cancer. Tuft’s University “… researchers have been able to identify signature features of cancerous cells found in patients’ urine…”

July 18, 2018 - Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers have developed the world’s first blood test capable of detecting melanoma in its early stages..."

July 3, 2018 - Sound Waves Could Provide 'Liquid Biopsies'
"With our circulating tumor cell separation technology, we could potentially help find out, in a non-invasive manner, whether the patient has cancer, where the cancer is located, what stage it’s in, and what drugs would work best. All from a small sample of blood drawn from the patient.” -Tony Jun Huang, Duke University. 

June 15, 2018 - Laser-sonic Scanner Aims to Replace Mammograms for Finding Breast Cancer
"Caltech researchers say they have developed something better: a laser-sonic scanner that can find tumors in as little as 15 seconds by shining pulses of light into the breast. The scanning system, known as photoacoustic computed tomography, or PACT, was developed in the lab of Lihong Wang, Caltech's Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering."   

Aug. 28, 2017 - Univ. of Washington researchers develop new app that uses smartphone selfies to screen for pancreatic cancer.