Cancer detection from a simple blood test?

blood-drop-and-handsThis has to be the best news I’ve heard all year.  Of course it is still trying to ‘cure’ the disease rather than getting in front of it and preventing it, but so many lives may be saved until we reach that world.

View the video.

Sebastian Maerkl and his team are creating a hand-held machine to test patients for cancer using just a drop of their blood. They say it could break new ground for early detection and treatment.

Wish it were that easy to detect a brain tumor!  My 3rd year of MRI checkup post brain tumor has arrived and once again I need to endure 30 minutes of being in a small little MRI casing with jackhammer like noise pounding around me while they take images.  A necessary evil I suppose.  I shouldn’t really complain though, it started with every 6 months in 2001, and I’ve been so lucky that it’s been clean since.

With any luck, I’ll never have to deal with the big “C” again…and I would be way ok with that.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Leni Jeanette
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 14:22:56

    I would be very ok with this being the last one you ever needed! And bonus for a simple test!

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