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Circulating Tumor Cell Capture Technologies Expand in 2018

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The market for circulating tumor cell (CTC) capture and detection grew significantly in 2018 as several companies pushed toward clinical implementation of their technologies for diagnosing multiple cancers, while new firms spun out of academic institutions with their own technologies. In order to diagnose cancer clinicians have traditionally performed tissue biopsies, which can be invasive, expensive, and time-consuming for patients. Over the last decade, however, liquid biopsy tools have emerged as a way to address these issues and perhaps provide a more accurate picture of individual patients' disease.


The Race to Diagnose Cancer With a Simple Blood Test

Five years ago, a team of researchers pored over the results of a prenatal genetic test given to more than 125,000 healthy pregnant women and made a stunning discovery. The blood test, marketed by gene-sequencing giant Illumina, was designed to detect chromosome anomalies associated with conditions such as Down syndrome by analyzing fragments of fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s blood. In 3,757 of the tests, the scientists found at least one abnormality. But in 10 of those cases, further analysis revealed that the fetuses were in fact normal. “In every one of those 10 cases, it turned out there was an undiagnosed cancer” in the mother, says Alex Aravanis, who at the time of the study was the senior director of research and development at Illumina.


New Study Reports Blood Test Can Predict Optimal Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer

San Diego, Coherent Chronicle — Researchers from Lawson Health Research Institute suggested that a blood test can help predict efficiency of a treatment in advanced prostate cancer. The Lawson Health Research Institute in collaboration with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Royal Marsden and Epic Sciences, demonstrated that a blood test can predict the responses of patients suffering from advanced prostate cancer to specific treatments.


Video - Genomic Sequencing: Precision data to better fight advanced cancer

Portland, KATU2 — Patient Bryce Olson shows the importance of personalized medicine, including the Oncotype DX® AR-V7 Nucleus Detect™ test, in aiding pivotal metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer treatment decisions. The test, developed by Epic Sciences and commercially available by Genomic Health, is now covered by Medicare.


Video - PROPHECY Trial: Circulating Tumor Cell as a Biomarker in mCRPC - Andrew Armstrong

San Diego, UroToday — Charles Ryan and Andrew Armstrong discuss the PROPHECY study, a PCF challenge award, co-funded by Movember. Seeing the future with predictive biomarkers was the foundational vision for this study. For men with castration-resistant prostate cancer undergoing a range of therapies, two AR-V7 tests were prospectively compared to see how well they predicted both progression-free survival and overall survival.


Video - New test extending lives of advanced prostate cancer patients

Bryce Olson discusses the Oncotype DX® AR-V7 Nucleus Detect™ test, developed by Epic Sciences and commercially available through Genomic Health, with ABC 10 News. The test determines which men with late-stage metastatic prostate cancer will benefit from AR-targeted therapy or chemotherapy.


Blood Test May Identify Cancer Patients Who Respond to PSMA-Targeted Therapies

San Diego, CLP Magazine — In a study sponsored by Epic Sciences, San Diego, in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, researchers have demonstrated that a liquid biopsy blood test may be used before treatment is initiated in clinical trials to find patients who are likely to benefit from therapies targeting prostate-specific membrane antigen.