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Thai researchers develop new blood test for prostate cancer

August 6, 2019

A research team at Mahidol University in Thailand has developed a blood test that can detect clinically significant prostate cancer in high-risk patients.

According to study lead scientist Dr Sebastian Bhakdi, the test is capable of isolating and visualising tumour-associated circulating endothelial cells (tCEC) using a small, 10ml blood sample.

Bhakdi said: “Tumour-associated circulating endothelial cells are highly promising biomarkers for the detection of early-stage cancers because they are thought to derive directly from a tumour’s own blood vessels.