Blood biopsies might be a better way to screen for cancer in the future.
Monitoring cancer patients and assessing their response to treatment can sometimes involve invasive procedures, including surgery.
A new experimental technique may help change that.
Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), are using a small device to help predict which cancers are likely to spread.
The experimental device is about the size of a postage stamp. The NanoVelcro Chip has nanowires 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.
The chip is coated with proteins that recognize circulating tumor cells. These are cells that have broken off from tumors and entered the bloodstream.
From there, cancer cells can travel throughout the body and spread to other tissues and organs.
The researchers run the blood sample through the chip. The proteins recognize and capture circulating tumor cells, which can then be identified and analyzed.
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