Reading time: 4 minutes Tala Tayoun A liquid biopsy test is a simple laboratory test done to sample and analyze non-solid patient biological tissue, i.e. blood. The era of liquid biopsy has revolutionized the field of cancer management. Over the last few years, we have witnessed significant technological advances in the detection and characterization of... Continue Reading →
Mass Spectrometry Advances in Oncology
Reading time: 5 minutes Susan Egbert As technology has been advancing exponentially over the years, more efficient diagnostic tools have been developed for cancer detection. Recent studies1,2,3 have shown the need for this advancement, as current diagnostic tools are still not adequate enough to detect cancer. One of the new tools that have been advancing,... Continue Reading →
Knowing the Result Before the Test – ‘zAavatars’ Predicting Therapeutic Responses in Cancer Patients
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Darshak Bhatt Wouldn’t it be nice if a cancer patient was given therapy only if it was going to work? Although it seems like a no-brainer, many patients undergo therapy without knowing how good the chances are for a successful outcome. Reasons for this uncertainty depend on the type and... Continue Reading →
The circulating tumor DNA: a promising cancer biomarker
Reading time: 6 minutes Aishat Motolani What if I say a floating DNA in the blood could broadcast a glimpse of a diseased system’s future, particularly that of cancer? Diagnosing cancer commonly involves the use of invasive procedures, such as tumor tissue biopsy. This involves the examination of tissues extracted from a primary or metastatic... Continue Reading →
A New Paradigm for Cancer Drug Development
Reading time: 4 minutes Brittany Avin McKelvey We are in a hayday for cancer therapies, as research has surpassed traditional chemotherapeutics. New drugs, new treatment regimens, and even new drug classes are approved each day, broadening the horizons of oncology. The newest types of drugs to recently gain FDA approval are tissue agnostic drugs. (See... Continue Reading →
How can we study cancer more accurately?
Reading time: 3 minutes Rachel Cherney If you have read other articles on Oncobites, you know that cancer is a collection of many diseases, and these diseases are complex. Cancer cells don’t live on their own; rather, they live among the normal tissue cells, immune cells, and bacteria in your body. Additionally, cancer cells can... Continue Reading →
Finding a Cure to Aging and Cancer?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Daniel Zhong Imagine this scenario: You are 90 years old, with gray hair and wrinkled skin. You always carry around a walking cane everywhere you go because the slightest movements from sitting down on a chair to brushing your teeth in the morning cause you tremendous pain in your joints, muscles,... Continue Reading →
Sniffing out Cancer
Reading time: 4 minutes Rachel Cherney Early cancer detection is critical for increasing patient survivability; however, current methods for early detection are costly and often inaccurate. It is of great importance to find other, more cost effective and accurate methods for early cancer detection, and to do this, we may need to turn to new... Continue Reading →
Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer: Did we figure out the warning signs?
Reading time: 3 minutes Manisit Das Pancreatic Cancer remains one of the few cancers against which we haven’t found a treatment that offers long-term benefit. Currently, less than one in ten patients will survive five years past the point of diagnosis. Like any other cancer, early diagnosis can improve treatment options and patient survivability. However,... Continue Reading →
The Sweet Method of Cancer Detection
Kaye Alcedo Time is of the essence when it comes to the battle with cancer. Detecting tumors at an early stage increases the chance of patient survival to more than 80%. However, despite today’s advancing technology, about 48% of patients get diagnosed at a very late stage. This is because screening methods of many, if... Continue Reading →