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New Technology in the Medical Field to Detect Cancer Earlier

By Matt Hamilton
ConnectAmarillo.com (Website of KVII-TV), Amarillo
01/03/2011
Johnson and Johnson and Massachusetts General Hospital will develop and market a blood test that is so sensitive, it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among billions of healthy ones.

Researchers hope the test will be used by oncologists as a diagnostic tool to discover cancer as early as possible.

So i asked Texas Oncology Physician Scientist Seah Lim what he thought about the development of such an advanced weapon.

"There's a lot of questions that need to be asked before one gets too excited about it, but certainly this is a major technological advance."

This technology has the potential to work up an easy to administer, non invasive blood test that would allow doctors to count tumor cells.

But when can we expect these advances to be used in the medical world?

"I suspect its going to be at least five years if not longer, because one has to ask the question of how is it going to be used?"

Lim went on to say he thinks that the test is also going to be used to see the response to treatment of people who have already been diagnosed with cancer.

Four cancer centers will start working with the test this year.
Texas Oncology Services