Sensitive cancer test developed

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1261
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    A sensitive blood test capable of detecting certain cancers before they are clinically apparent has been developed by scientists from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

    The test, which can detect a single cancer cell in a millilitre of blood, may one day revolutionise the screening of and treatment for cancer and enable doctors to catch malignant tumours earlier than is currently possible (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 1998:95:4589-94).

    The researchers searched for epithelial cells in blood samples taken from 30 patients with breast cancer, 3 with prostate cancer, and …

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