Medical researchers in Boston
have developed a new procedure
that could change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated. The new technology involves a blood test so sensitive, it can detect a single cancerous cell among a billion healthy ones.
Doctors believe that cancer cells in the blood mean a malignant tumor has or potentially will spread to other parts of the body. The new test is great news for cancer patients because it could result in quicker diagnosis as well as more effective treatment. Four major cancer centers will begin using the experimental test in the coming year. If it’s successful, the developers will join forces with Johnson & Johnson to bring the test to the broader market.