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Liquid Biopsy Guides New Prostate Cancer Drug Trial

07:11 EDT 19 Jun 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

It’s been no secret that screening methods to detect prostate cancer have been woefully lacking and largely inconsistent with respect to the results they provide. Yet, with the rise in validated biomarkers and advanced diagnostics coupled with next-generation sequencing methods, new liquid biopsy assays are guiding physician treatment options. Now, a group of investigators at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust have developed a three-in-one blood test that could transform the treatment of advanced prostate cancer through the use of precision drugs designed to target mutations in the BRCA genes. "Blood tests for cancer promise to be truly revolutionary,” noted Paul Workman, Ph.D., chief executive of The Institute of Cancer Research, London. “They are cheap and simple to use, but most importantly, because they aren't invasive, they can be employed or applied to routinely monitor patients to spot early if treatment ...

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