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Blood tests to detect brain tumours and possibly prostate cancer

At the moment it seems like most of the cutting edge cancer research is coming out of the US. As long as the research is being done I don’t care who’s doing it, but come on Cancer Research UK, let’s see what you’re made of too?

Anyway, this time it’s to do with blood tests being able to detect brain tumours, just from the tiny fatty balls that the cancer cells release into the bloodstream.

The study, published in Nature Medicine showed that the test could detect tumours in mice, but more importantly, in human patients too.

Cancer cells package themselves in balls of fat when they circulate around the body. The fatty balls are known as microvesicles and it means that the tests could be used to see if drugs are working.

They are now looking at whether the test could be used to detect prostate cancer in urine. Watch this space, or this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20268348

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