One of the greatest challenges in diagnosing and treating cancer is that the disease can usually only be detected after tumors have already formed.
But researchers at the University of Erlangen in Bavaria in southern Germany have developed a screening method for cancer that just requires a blood test. At the core of the new procedure is measuring extracellular vesicles produced by the liver in response to cancer cells in human blood. The head of the research team, Professor Andreas Baur, hopes that the new technique will make cancer screening faster and less intrusive.
Germany Trade & Invest Chemistry and Health Director Marcus Schmidt says the test “has the potential to improve prevention and treatment – and perhaps save lives.”