A new test is being developed which can accurately predict if men with prostate cancer are cured after surgery. The study was released just yesterday by scientists at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the University International Institute for Nanotechnology.
The test is still in its early stage of development. But the concept is that using nano-particle based technology, PSA is detected in the blood that cannot be detected by conventional testing. According to the study, it is 300 times more reliable than current commercial tests that measure PSA in the blood. The idea is that this new test can tell doctors if the cancer has been completely removed, thus elimintating the need for further testing and treatmeants. This new test can also reduce the need for biopsies, which are expensive, painful, and can cause infection.
Next steps include clinical trials to detect this new type of testing against the more traditional tests to determine accuracy.
If you had the option, would you be interested in participating in this clinical trial? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so please leave your comments!