Liquid biopsy detects early signs of cancer


Genetic sequencing technology can identify genetic mutations that aren’t a threat to health.
By analyzing DNA doctors can prescribe personalized drug treatments.
As of 2020, there are now targeted therapy drugs for 30 kinds of cancer.
Oncologists also look in patient's blood post-surgery to see if all the cancer was removed during an operation.
In the future, the blood test could be part of physical exams for identifying cancer in the early stages.

Analyzing cancer DNA in blood can present easier diagnosis and more effective treatments

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Company GRAIL - GRAIL's mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured

Company Guardant Health - Developing blood tests for early detection of cancer

Health Organisation JAMA Oncology - International peer-reviewed journal and the definitive journal for scientists, clinicians, and trainees in the field of oncology

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