USA – New blood test can identify presence of cancer

The test is a technological first in determining the metastatic status of a cancer without using prior insight of the primary cancer presented.

Cancer researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new type of blood test, which can be used to detect a range of cancers.

The test can also detect whether these cancers have metastasised in the body and is the first of its kind, using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) metabolomics. These identify the presence of biomarkers in the blood called metabolites – small chemicals that our body both naturally produces – which are produced by cancer cells.

The study, published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association of Cancer Research, analysed samples from 300 patients with non-specific but concerning symptoms of cancer…