Study: Breast Cancer May Be Predicted By Blood Test

Multiple vials of blood in a tray
A blood test that might be able to predict breast cancer’s spread may improve diagnosis and treatment for women with early stage breast cancer, a new study finds.

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Dr. Anthony Lucci, a professor of surgical oncology at the University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and his colleagues looked at 302 patients with operable breast cancer and examined them with a simple blood test.

Their previous research identified so-called circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients who had metastatic breast cancer, or breast cancer that has spread. The cells are shed by tumors and are thought to cause cancer if they latch on to another area in the body.