There is a new blood test for cancer under development and in use in a few places. Someday, we might not have to have I131 scans anymore (wheeeeee!)...
from what i have read of the test it will not detect thyroid cancer untill it is ready to metastasized. some other cancers will be able to be found earlier..
yes it sounds like a wonderfull thing its just not a outstanding win but will save so much for lots of cancers...
wonder how much the test is going to cost
The TV story said the patent-holders and manufacturer were trying to figure out how to mass produce the test, so it makes sense that the test would cost less than the methods currently used for diagnosis and screening.
I think the researchers are going to find the test is good for all cancer because cancer cells are identifiable with respect to the primary tumor. Ultimately long-term studies will determine whether or not the test improves long-term survival and/or payient quality of life enough to make the test worthwhile.
The news reported that this test is also go