New Tests Improve Pancreas & Bile Duct Cancer Detection

by: cancercompass

According to a recent Forbes report, researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed tests that can more easily identify pancreatic and bile duct cancers.

Results from a study published in the June issue of Gastroenterology claim the new tests "more than doubled the detection rate" of bile duct and pancreatic cancers. Nearly 500 people took part in the study, with the tests increasing cancer detection rates from 20% to 43%.

How are the new tests different from traditional testing for tumors in the bile duct and pancreas? According to Forbes:

"The new testing procedure starts with an endoscopic procedure in which the doctors brush off cells from the duct for study. Traditional cytology is then performed to look for abnormally shaped cells, a search repeated with the additional use of digital image analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). The latter procedure uses colored probes visible with a fluorescence microscope to seek abnormal cells."

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