Lung cancer leap forward.A SIMPLE blood test could one day be able to detect lung cancer lung cancer, cancer that originates in the tissues of the lungs. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States in both men and women. Like other cancers, lung cancer occurs after repeated insults to the genetic material of the cell. , the biggest cancer killer in the country.
Scientists have discovered a molecule involved in tumour tumour
Mass of abnormal tissue that arises from normal cells, has no useful function, and tends to grow. Cell abnormalities may include increased size or number or loss of characteristics that differentiate their tissue of origin. development which is found in high levels in lung cancer patients.
The molecule, called pleiotrophin, is 11 times higher in the blood of lung cancer patients than healthy people.
It is highest in those with advanced cancer but levels fall in people who respond well to chemotherapy, a study published in today's British Journal of Cancer The British Journal of Cancer a twice-monthly professional medical journal of Cancer Research UK (a registered charity in the United Kingdom), published on their behalf by the Nature Publishing Group (a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd). shows.
Dr Gerhard Zugmaier, leader of the scientists at the Phillips University Phillips University was a private, coeducational institution of higher education located in Enid, Oklahoma, United States, from 1906 to 1998. It was affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It included an undergraduate college and a graduate seminary. of Marburg in Germany, said: "Lung cancer is often diagnosed much too late and a blood test that could detect early signs of the disease would be a step forward."
Around 32,000 people die of lung cancer in the UK every year.