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A New Surgery-Free Method to Detect Brain Cancer


A New Surgery-Free Method to Detect Brain Cancer

(ePharmaNews) - Development in medicine fields makes life easier to patients every day, one of these advances is the a new method to detect one of the most lethal tumors in human; brain cancer; and without the need to take tissue biopsies.

Despite the progress made by imaging studies in diagnosing brain cancer, none has replaced the need for tissue samples by brain biopsies which may require a life-threatening surgery.

The results from this pilot study, which was published in the online edition of Neuro-Oncology, was the first of its kind for the way brain cancer is diagnosed and monitored, a team of researchers, lead by Anna M. Krichevsky, PhD, have demonstrated that brain tumors can be reliably diagnosed and monitored without surgery
 
In a study of 118 patients with different types of brain cancers, researchers showed that microRNA profiling of cerebrospinal fluid can be used to determine the presence of glioblastoma, the most common and lethal type of brain tumor.

 The test utilizes microRNAs, tiny RNA molecules that provide excellent biomarkers for various conditions, and whose levels can be accurately measured in body fluids simply and inexpensively. The same process can be used to detect the presence of cancer that started in another part of the body and spread to the brain, and furthermore, the process can also be used to monitor the tumor as it is treated.

  "We are excited about the potential that this test has to ease the process of detecting and monitoring brain tumors," said Krichevsky. "The test needs to be further developed before it is used in a clinical setting, but I expect it could be particularly valuable for patients who are not surgical candidates due to the tumor's size or location, or due to an underlying medical condition."


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