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A less invasive way to identify tumor genetics

Paul Edwards

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Researchers have found that genetic changes normally found through a biopsy can also be detected in a blood sample.


In this study, researchers took blood samples from more than 15,000 patients, a group that included 50 different types of cancer. Then, they compared the information from these blood samples with information from tumor biopsy samples.


Researchers found that 94% to 100% of the time, the genetic changes detected in the blood samples were also seen in the tumor tissue.


Click on this link to read  a report of the presentation at the  2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.



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