Blood Test Accurately Identifies Metastatic Melanoma

Source: Specialty Pharmacy Times, April 2017

Blood tests, in addition to standard genetic tests, may be able to identify cases of aggressive skin cancer that previously avoided detection, according to a new study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.

The study authors believe that rapid and accurate diagnostic tools for types of metastatic melanoma may lead to earlier identification of cancer recurrence. The experimental blood tests are able to identify melanoma DNA within 48 hours, and may lead to speedy treatment.

The tests are the first to identify melanoma DNA in the blood of patients with metastatic disease who lack BRAF or NRAS genes, which are known to increase cancer growth, according to the study.

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