Preliminary reserach released today (Friday, June 7, 2013) in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics suggests that scientists are getting closer to creating a blood test that could detect colon cancers. CNN’s Health Blog ‘The Chart’ has a great summary of the study.
From CNN’s ‘The Chart’:
The ultimate goal of this line of research is to find a blood test that would either find cancer early or help doctors follow patients in their treatment to see how it’s working, [said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society].
This research shows that this particular gene may be a marker that could be useful in either following colon cancer patients, or potentially defining colon cancer early and saving lives, he said.
Time will tell what ultimately comes of this test and other blood tests currently being researched, but initial results appear promising.