This could be a breakthrough in the world of medicine. Scientists report that they have created a very patient-friendly and effective way to detect brain tumors – in the form of a test using collected blood. This is an extremely necessary invention because it can help detect diseases earlier, thus saving more patients. Especially those whose problem appeared in very hard-to-reach places.
They had many plans for the future, but their happiness was interrupted by illness. Doctors discovered Jamie had a brain tumor. The man died just a few months after the wedding. – We knew the matter was serious. We had no illusions that it wouldn’t be easy. This was probably one of the worst moments of his illness. This not knowing what might happen. If diagnosis could be made faster, I think it would all be a lot easier emotionally for many patients and their loved ones, says Sarah Freeman, widow of a patient who died of brain cancer.
British scientists have developed the world’s first blood test that will detect brain cancer. This non-invasive method can speed up treatment and potentially increase the chance of survival. – A non-invasive and inexpensive method of early detection of brain tumors is crucial to improving patient care. There is still a lot to do, but this solution may help people for whom brain biopsy or tumor resection is not possible due to the location of the tumor or other limitations – explains Dr. Nelofer Syed from the Brain Tumor Research Center in London.
The method involves isolating glial cells that have been released from the tumor and entered the patient’s blood. The isolated cells are then marked and can be identified under a microscope. “It’s a liquid biopsy. It’s a real breakthrough in the treatment of brain tumors, which rarely spread throughout the body,” explains Kevin O’Neill, a neurosurgeon at Imperial College Healthcare.
– 40 percent of patients are ineligible for surgical biopsy for several reasons. One of them is the location of the brain tumor. The tumors may be located in an area that is too risky for neurosurgeons to reach. For these patients, the blood test will be of great importance, says Karen Noble from the Brain Tumor Research Center in London.
Every year, brain cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Scientists say the test can detect even the deadliest forms of brain cancer, such as glioblastoma multiforme. Less than one percent of glioma patients live longer than 10 years. For many people, the prognosis is only 12 months. ‘Brain tumors kill more people under 40 in the UK than any other cancer, so we need to find a cure for this devastating disease,’ says Dan Knowles from the Brain Tumor Research Center in London. British scientists now intend to conduct large-scale studies to confirm the results obtained so far. If everything goes according to plan, the first patients will be able to use the new method in two years.
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