Thursday, March 14, 2013

Non-Invasive Early Detection of Cancer

A lot of my readers are subscribers of Bill Henderson's protocol for beating cancer gently. So I thought of all of you when I saw this little piece of news from Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General on how to detect cancer early using non-invasive blood tests:

"A fundamental strategy in the war against cancer is to catch it early—before it has spread, when it's easiest to remove. Unfortunately, some cancers, such as brain cancer and ovarian cancer, remain difficult to detect until the end stages. But that's changing. A Harvard team has discovered a simple, noninvasive way of catching cancer early—by looking at a blood component that's been ignored by the medical community for decades."

It's not tumor proteins the scientists are able to track in the blood but the "debris" of cancer, the microvesicles that tumor cells shed. Here's another clip from the article (bold font is mine for highlighting purposes):

"In a recent study in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers were able to detect these microvesicles reliably in blood samples from both mice and from people with the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma....(and)...The technology also has the ability to measure how effective a person's cancer treatments are before the results can be seen with imaging."

The technology may be available in doctors' offices in 3-5 years but it's worth knowing about and asking about. 

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