Liquid biopsy could really be a game changer – hope for blood test to find cancer

Why do a conventional biopsy when there is a less painful and invasive one? This is a huge step forward in detecting and monitoring cancer.

I have had a bone marrow biopsy in the past, and boy was that painful, so when I heard about a liquid biopsy alternative that is in a study, I said wow!

 

Happy Breast Cancer Patients(Via The Keene Sentinel and Photo by PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

According to the study released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, “The findings suggest that liquid biopsies provide an accurate snapshot of the genomic landscape of the tumor.” Basically in plain English, it means that blood tests or liquid biopsies to detect and analyze cancerous tumors are just as reliable as conventional biopsies. That makes me say Amen!

Liquid Biopsy Cancer(Photo by GrahamColm/Wikimedia Commons)

I don’t know about you, but that will make getting a liquid biopsy much less painful than a tissue biopsy, not to add less expensive too. That will enable doctors to determine if a cancerous tumor’s genetic mutations can be treated with available drugs without an invasive procedure. Plus you don’t want a tissue biopsy in the brain, which this alternative can be well suited for.