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If it works, Guardant’s new approach to detecting cancer may save your life

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Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2014 04:59 AM by AlexMuller

A startup has developed new technology that it claims can open a new front in the war on cancer. Guardant Health has developed a non-invasive screening tool that relies on a blood sample rather than tissue.

 

The test, dubbed the “Guardant 360,” is designed to help patients avoid risky and expensive biopsies. Biopsies can cost up to $10,000 for people not covered by insurance. By contrast, Guardant expects its test to be available for a few hundred dollars.

 
The Redwood City, Calif.-based company announced this week that it will begin selling its genetic screening tool to some 100,000 patients in a handful of cancer clinics. Guardant also disclosed that it has raised $10 million in capital from Sequoia Capital, a venture firm that is increasingly investing in the personalized medicine trend. Sequoia’s health investor, Warren Hogarth, has joined the company’s board.
 
Guardant chief executive Helmy Eltoukhy has a long career in biotech. He joined Illumina in 2008 after the biotech giant acquired his company Avantome just a few short months after he started it. Last month, Illumina made the shocking announcement that its new machine could slash the cost of genome sequencing to $1,000.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-16
+2
Having a diagnostic tool that can detect cancer in blood samples would be very helpful - early detection and proper diagnosis are the key. Not enough is known about this test to assess properly that it is useful
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-16
+1
However, it may be a while before healthy people see cancer blood tests as an option. The research first has to show that they’re accurate, that the tests could deliver huge gains in cancer survival rates by simply finding more cancer sooner. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-16
+1
They make one important point here- they estimate that about 75 percent of cancer patients are taking ineffective drugs, usually based on biopsies that are several years old. Blood tests would make a huge difference in personalised medicine by providing more accurate information about drug targets in individual patients Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-16
+0
Careful here. It is accepted that we do need better diagnostic tests for cancer. However, some are not convinced that a blood test is the best approach as cancer shows in the blood after it is already somewhat developed Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-16
+1
Early diagnosis is important but prevention even more so. There are so many studies that link the lifestyle to cancer- this has been shown again and again and should be presented to public in a way that it gets proper attention
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-16
+0
Ban on smoking is working in many countries, tobacco and smoking are good example where ban on adverts and restriction of spaces worked in developed countries Reply
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