Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Simple new blood test for liver cancer

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A simple new blood test can detect early stage liver cancer, according to researchers led by Chitty Chen at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and Ghent University in Belgium.

Liver cancer is a major killer in Asia and Africa due to the high prevalence of hepatitis infections that can cause the disease.

Current tests include biopsies, imaging and the AFP test, but these methods are not as sensitive as the new test. This new test detects changes in the sugars attached to the proteins that occur in liver cancer. According to the researchers, the test is more effective when used with the AFP test, which measures various markers in the blood, indicating tumor presence.


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