Please login to the form below

Not currently logged in
Email:
Password:

Cancer detection breath test prototype

A tool to detect lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer could be developed based on positive results from a small trial with a prototype

Researchers from Israel have developed a prototype tool to detect cancer in the breath, according to a study published today in the British Journal of Cancer.

The researchers tested the ability of a nanosensor array to distinguish between volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the exhaled alveolar breath of 177 patients. The patients in the trials were either healthy or had breast, lung, colon or prostate cancer. 

They found that the nanosensor array was not only able to determine which subjects had cancer but was also able to detect the type of cancer with a high degree of sensitivity. The results were not affected by biological or lifestyle factors, such as smoking.

Following these positive results, the researchers have suggested that it may one day be possible to develop an inexpensive, non-invasive, portable, easy-to-use device that would be used as a diagnostic tool in a primary care setting. Early detection through a simple, inexpensive tool would improve the survival rate of cancer. It would also be possible to use the suggested tool to monitor the effectiveness of treatment in cancer patients and detect relapses.

11th August 2010

Share

COVID-19 Updates and Daily News

Featured jobs

PMHub

Add my company
3 Monkeys Zeno

3 Monkeys Zeno is an award winning global creative communications consultancy – home to a collective of creative and strategic...

Latest intelligence

DEMAND DIVERSITY REPORT 02: Why is the LGBTQ+ community facing poorer health outcomes due to COVID-19?
We’re all aware that clinical trials have been discussed more widely since the COVID-19 pandemic. While that’s a great thing for raising awareness of clinical trials in general, it’s also...
CHECKLIST 04: Let’s make your patient recruitment strategies a success
From how to generate insights to define your audience to drilling down those all-important key messages, our checklist has everything you need to think of, covered....
Multichannel engagement and the need for greater understanding of European markets
By Laurence Olding and Georgina James...

Infographics