New blood test 'can better detect severe forms of prostate cancer'

9 October 2012

The most aggressive prostate cancers could soon be detected through an innovative blood test, researchers claim.

Scientists from London's Institute of Cancer Research believe that the procedure could determine the most severe forms of the life-threatening disease with genetic results which read like a barcode.

The unique blood test works by identifying the signature pattern of genes that are switched on and off in blood cells triggered by a prostate cancer tumour.

Researchers have already trialled the procedure on 94 patients, in which they were capable of splitting the individuals into four distinct groups depending on their results.

Moving forward, Professor Malcolm Mason, of Cancer Research UK, said: "If the present results are borne out in further studies, we may have a new way of selecting the right treatments for the right patients."

Cancer Research UK has found in its own study recently that more than 40,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 alone, underlining the major health problem surrounding the disease at the moment.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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