New Way to Preserve Tumor Biomarkers in Blood Could Lead to Better Treatment Decisions

New Way to Preserve Tumor Biomarkers in Blood Could Lead to Better Treatment Decisions
Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have come up with a way to prolong the life of cancer cells circulating in the bloodstream. Tests in prostate cancer patients indicated that the breakthrough could help doctors do a better job of analyzing tumor cells, including detecting cancer biomarkers. This could lead to better treatment decisions. The new method keeps most of the tumor cells alive for up to three days, compared with a major loss of the cells within a few hours under current preservation methods. The study, “Whole blood stabilization for the microfluidic isolation and molecular characterization of circulating tumor cells,” appeared in the journal
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