Sunday, February 7, 2010

Step 1: Spot it sooner

No cancer diagnosis is a "good" diagnosis. But, the less advanced a tumor is when doctors find it, the better the chance they have to wipe it out. So, a recent study by a team of Danish scientists that identifies cancer "red flags" in blood cells puts us one step closer to more successful treatments. The findings could lead to cancer screenings through simple blood tests.

Unique antibodies, or proteins, form in cancer patients' blood cells to target harmful cancerous cells, according to the new study led by Hans H. Wandall, M.D., Ph.D. and Ola Blixt, Ph.D. at the Center for Glycomics at Copenhagen University. The antitumor antibodies were found in patients with breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. Because these proteins are present in cancer patients' blood, the research suggests doctors may be able to detect cancer sooner and more effectively with simple blood tests.

The findings will be appear in the Feb. 15, 2010 issue of Cancer Research, a journal published by the American Association for Cancer Research, Inc. Check out more details about the study here.

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