EAS­IER WAY TO DE­TECT BLAD­DER CAN­CER!

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A BREAK­THROUGH sim­ple and non­in­va­sive test prom­ises to iden­tify killer blad­der can­cer eas­ier and more ac­cu­rately than cur­rent screen­ings in­volv­ing surgery or cam­era catheter­i­za­tion to view the or­gan.

Sci­en­tists at Tufts Univer­sity in Mas­sachusetts used atomic force mi­croscopy to iden­tify the dis­ease — that killed more than 17,000 in 2018 — by sim­ply map­ping the sur­face of cells taken from the urine of pa­tients.

“By in­tro­duc­ing a non­in­va­sive di­ag­nos­tic method that is more ac­cu­rate than the in­va­sive vis­ual ex­am­i­na­tion, we could sig­nif­i­cantly de­crease the cost and in­con­ve­nience to pa­tients,” says Tufts en­gi­neer­ing Prof. Igor Sokolov.

“All that is needed is a urine sam­ple and not only could we more ef­fec­tively mon­i­tor pa­tients af­ter treat­ment, we could also more eas­ily screen healthy in­di­vid­u­als who may have a fam­ily his­tory of the dis­ease, and po­ten­tially de­tect the grade of can­cer devel­op­ment.”

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