Blood test detects 10 cancers years before symptoms

Doctors Call Liquid Biopsies the ‘Holy Grail’: It Could Find 10 Types of Cancer In Early Stage

The "holy grail" of cancer treatment moved a step closer yesterday after a study showed that a simple blood test can spot several forms of the disease at an early stage.

"This is potentially the holy grail of cancer research, to find cancers that are now hard to cure at an earlier stage when they are easier to cure, and we hope this test could save many lives", lead author Eric Klein, an oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic in OH, tells The Telegraph.

Nicholas Turner from London's Institute of Cancer Research said, via The Guardian. Scientists at Grail, a U.S. company funded by Mr Gates and Mr Bezos, have set their sights on identifying a range of cancers from a... New research on the liquid biopsy will be presented at the annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, which began Thursday.

The number of patients in whom cancers were detected was small.

The test also detected pancreatic cancer with 80 percent accuracy, hepatobiliary cancer (cancer of the liver, bile duct or gallbladder) with 80 percent accuracy, lymphoma with 77 percent accuracy, multiple myeloma (a cancer of white blood cells) with 73 percent accuracy and colorectal cancer with 66 percent accuracy.

Three sequencing techniques, analysing cell-free DNA in the blood, were between 38% and 51% accurate at detecting early-stage lung cancers, the research found.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said such advances in medicine could "dramatically transform" care. Of them, 878 people had been newly diagnosed with a disease, and 749 people were cancer-free without any diagnosis.

Between them, these diseases account for more than half of the cancer patients in the country.

"The goal is to develop a blood test, such as this one, that can accurately identify cancers in their earliest stages".

"When this test, or another like it, are ready for clinical use, it could be used as part of a universal screening program, with the potential to save many lives".

The methods, which look for mutations and genomic changes, were up to 89% effective in detecting late-stage lung cancers.

The research examined the cases of more than 1600 people.

While the blood test is still in the early phases of development, and still required more work, researchers were positive about the results.

Fiona Osgun, from Cancer Research UK, added: "The idea that we could one day offer people a blood test that could find cancer earlier is certainly exciting".

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