A blood test that’s a breakthrough for detecting cancer

Scientists have created a blood test that can detect eight of the most common cancers long before they turn lethal, in a breakthrough that could save millions of people from premature death. The “liquid biopsy” identifies early-stage tumours from proteins and genetic mutations circulating in the blood. Called CancerSEEK, the test delivers almost no false positives, sparing patients needless heartache and unnecessary medical procedures for non-existent diseases. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/blood-tests-deliver-cancer-breakthrough/news-story/8874f0bd0d4b4eea680892d421c2f12c

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VR that lets scientists walk around inside cancer cells

Imagine being able to walk around inside a virtual replica of your own cells. That is becoming a reality, thanks to groundbreaking technology developed at the University of New South Wales. In the future, cancer patients could see a virtual version of themselves, and track where drug treatments are ending up in their bodies. You could then show your family and friends what’s happening to you and it will empower you to make your treatment decisions. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-19/virtual-reality-allows-scientists-to-walk-in-cancer-cells/9268730

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Free genetic test for high risk cancer patients

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In Australia people at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer will be offered free genetic testing. If someone has breast and ovarian cancer and has the mutations, all their relatives will be able to have the test for free. If they don’t have the mutation, they can go back to normal screening. This new service is expected to significantly improve the lives of Australians, offering more choice via access to affordable screening and treatment options, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-12/breast-and-ovarian-cancer-test-free-for-high-risk-patients/9040274

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A 10 sec check for cancer

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Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a pen called the “MacSpec pen” that can screen and analyze tissue samples for cancer in just 10 seconds when the process usually takes weeks. The pen, which looks like a white permanent marker with a cord down its back, is made with a 3D-printed surgical-ready plastic tip and uses water instead of gases and other harming solvents. The tool works by releasing a small water droplet onto a tissue sample and sucking the water, with some residual tissue, into a mass spectrometer to analyze the tissue samples in real time. With 93 percent accuracy, the researchers identified lung, ovary, thyroid and breast cancers using both mice and human tissue samples. https://www.google.com.au/amp/newatlas.com/macspec-pen-cancer-healthy-tissue/51238/%3famp=true

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New cancer treatment- gene therapies

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Scientists are researching ways of deactivating or repairing faulty DNA within people’s bodies, another pathway that could lead to breakthrough cures. Specialists take a patient’s immune cells and reprogram them with a new gene that instructs them to detect and kill specific cancer cells. They then inject those reprogrammed cells back into patients’ bodies, where they go to work destroying deadly malignancies. In a clinical trial, 83 percent of patients saw remission within three months. This technique is one of several classified as “gene therapies.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-new-cancer-drug-may-be-the-first-in-a-line-of-revolutionary-treatments/2017/09/10/d1526d92-8e82-11e7-8df5-c2e5cf46c1e2_story.html?

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A drug that helps stop the spread of cancer

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Scientists working with Cancer Research UK have discovered that a drug developed to treat organ fibrosis can block an enzyme that assists in the spread of cancer cells. In tests conducted on mice, it was able to reduce the size of tumors by up to 50 percent. https://futurism.com/researchers-have-found-a-drug-that-can-help-slow-down-the-spread-of-multiple-cancers/

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Detecting bowel cancer earlier

Detecting bowel cancer earlier

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The key to early cancer detection

A new algorithm that detects the early formation of blood vessels could lead to early diagnosis of malignant tumours and improved success rates of treatment. To progress clinical trials in humans, CSIRO researchers are looking for 3D imaging technologies and partnering with a hardware manufacturer that can produce high-resolution images with safe levels of radiation for humans. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/sciencesprings.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/from-csiro-new-software-key-to-early-cancer-detection/

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Diagnose skin cancer with your smart phone

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Worried about a strange mole on your body? Imagine being able to receive a diagnosis through your smartphone so you can decide whether to visit your doctor before your next scheduled visit. That’s the broad idea behind a recent project created by computer scientists at Stanford University, which applied the extraordinary machine vision powers of cutting-edge deep learning neural networks to the world of dermatology. www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/deep-learning-algorithm-cancer/#ixzz4X0xkOJ

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