Two researchers at Kansas State University say they've come up with a blood test to find early signs of cancer. The test looks for increased enzyme activity in the body by combining iron nano-particles and amino acids with a tiny bit of blood from the patient.
Researchers say not only is this finding cancer early, but in patients with cancer already. It can reveal whether the treatment is working.
Dr. Stefan Bossmann said, "With a test like that we can see whether chemo hurts the cancer cells because the enzyme levels go down if the cancer is dying."
The test has already worked on 32 patients, but the potential is enormous if it continues to prove this effective.
Dr. Bossmann says he hopes this blood test will be available for pancreatic cancer screening within the next five years.
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