New Blood Test for Lung Cancer May Be On the Way


A new study at the University of Bonn, Germany published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research said researchers have demonstrated that a person’s blood demonstrates whether or not he/she has lung cancer. Scientist have discovered over 480 molecules whose blood concentration changes when an individual develops lung cancer. These molecules are present in the blood in either increased or decreased amounts. The researchers stated “In lung cancer patients, typical patterns which can be detected with a measuring program thus emerge.” Noted changes also occur even when the tumor is in an early stage of development. Further work is ongoing to develop a screening test that may determine with a high degree of certainty whether or not a patient has lung cancer.

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