New barcoding technique may predict prostate cancer severity
A new technique that could predict the severity of prostate cancer may be available within five years.
October 10th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

New barcoding technique may predict prostate cancer severity

A newly-developed gene barcoding technique may predict how severe a man’s prostate cancer is likely to be, according to new research from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London.

The findings are a "very important" development towards achieving a cure, says Johann de Bono, lead author of the study published this week in the British medical journal The Lancet.

The blood tests can select aggressive prostate cancers by their specific patterns of gene activity. By reading the pattern of genes switched on and off in blood cells, researchers can accurately identify which cancers had the worst survival rates. In response to this, doctors can adjust treatment accordingly.

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