Promising development in Cancer blood tests

 In Clinical Negligence, Lauren Heppell
Promising development in Cancer blood tests

A recent development in medicine has taken a huge leap towards the early detection of eight common forms of Cancer. Research at John Hopkins University suggests a simple blood test could be effective in detecting early stage cancers in the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, colon, lung or breast, before these have spread to other areas of the body. The blood test looks for mutations in the genes and detects the proteins often released by cancer. Furthermore, some but not all of these tests even showed that the location of the cancer could be determined.

Whilst this research has some way to go before the treatment becomes available, tests are promising and showed that 70% of the cancers were detected. Ultimately, this could have an extensive impact on cancer mortality rates as the earlier that cancer is detected, the greater the chance of being able to treat it. This would be especially beneficial for cancers such as pancreatic which reveals very few symptoms and is often detected late.

Further research trials are currently being carried out in the US and the results are hoped to be available within the next 3-5 years; however the vision for the future is that a simple blood test could be used to detect a wide range of cancers at the earliest opportunity.

Despite tremendous improvements in technology and extensive research into this disease over the years, unfortunately medical treatment and advice isn’t always correct, and patients leave appointments without the correct medical diagnosis or they experience a delay in their diagnosis and therefore implementation of treatment.

If you have been given the wrong medical advice or course of treatment for Cancer or any other disease, which has left you in a debilitating condition, or if you have experienced delays in receiving treatment following your diagnosis, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

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