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Cattledog

(6,024 posts)
Tue Apr 16, 2024, 06:50 PM Apr 2024

A blood test to detect cancer? Some patients are using them already.

When her husband was undergoing cancer treatment, Cindy Perez of Southwest Ranches, Fla., learned about a new blood test that could help find early cancers. The 50-year-old said she felt fine, but her husband urged her to take the test anyway.

To her surprise, the blood test — called Galleri — came back positive. Scans revealed a small tumor in her groin and a diagnosis of mantle cell lymphoma, a rare but aggressive form of cancer. She was treated and now, two years later, she’s in remission. “For me, the test was a miracle,” she said. “A real big miracle.”

Many experts believe that such tests, which analyze substances in the blood that might indicate cancer, represent a remarkable new chapter in cancer detection. The tests may be especially useful finding “silent” cancers — such as pancreatic or ovarian cancer — which often don’t cause symptoms until the disease is advanced and more difficult to treat.

“It opens up a whole new world,” said Eric Klein, a scientist at the health-care company Grail who developed Galleri, a multi-cancer detection test. “It’s the unmet need we face in cancer.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/interactive/2024/cancer-blood-test-screening/?itid=hp-top-table-main_p001_f006

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A blood test to detect cancer? Some patients are using them already. (Original Post) Cattledog Apr 2024 OP
This is very interesting..I have lab work coming up in July Deuxcents Apr 2024 #1
This and yearly body scans should be covered by health insurance. Elessar Zappa Apr 22 #2

Deuxcents

(17,382 posts)
1. This is very interesting..I have lab work coming up in July
Tue Apr 16, 2024, 07:17 PM
Apr 2024

For my thyroid condition and I’ve asked my dr if my blood work shows an imbalance of red/white count and he says it does. That satisfied me at the time because I’m thinking that would be a flag that would need to be checked. I did not know about this test before so I’m gonna look it up. Thanks for this post..I get tested every 6 months so I’ll go with some information of my own next time 🙏

Elessar Zappa

(14,685 posts)
2. This and yearly body scans should be covered by health insurance.
Mon Apr 22, 2024, 10:19 AM
Apr 22

It would save them money in the long run.

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