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Study shows potential to develop brain tumor liquid biopsies


Last updated 11/29/2018 at 11:39pm

LONDON – Scientists are making strides in developing liquid biopsies for brain tumors by detecting tumor DNA in the fluid from around the brain and spine.

Liquid biopsies are fluid samples from patients, for example from the blood or urine, which provide a less invasive way to monitor disease compared to tumor biopsies. A less intrusive test could be hugely beneficial for brain tumors where collecting samples can be difficult and risky for patients.

Scientists at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute analyzed cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes the brain and spinal cord, in 13 patien...

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