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Monday, 14 January 2019

New Gadget Detects Cancer With Just Your Breathe

New Breath Tester May Be Able to Detect a Variety of Cancers in minutes.

Image from Owlstone Medical.

Clinical experiments have started on a new device that’s developed to gather different “signs” of different cancers in humans.

Early cancer detection is a great way of fighting this deadly plague that can affect just anybody. 
Envision the ability to spot cancer by merely breathing into a device similar to a breathalyzer.

Well this would soon be a reality, as experiments has begun and will soon asses this technical knowledge.

Top medical scientists believes the new device would be able to detect and distinguish between the different types of cancer just by taking samples of your breath.
Breathalyzer from Owlstone Medical

It wont be a treatment for cancer but would serve as an early detection mechanism that would help in fighting cancer in its early stages.

Sephora News are made to understand that Researchers from the Cancer Research Centre in Cambridge UK have been making trials in partnership with Owlstone Medical, a biotechnology company based in England which developed the Breath Biopsy technology.

“The potential to detect a cancer early through a simple, noninvasive breath test is really exciting,” said Dr. Nicholas Rohs, an assistant professor of hematology and oncology in thoracic medical oncology at The Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai in New York.

“The earlier we discover a cancer, the more likely we can cure it,” he told reporters.
He says that although the technology still has a long way to go, it could be a “powerful clinical tool” if refined.
A cancer breath test may sound like something new, but it’s been studied in the past. It’s also used to diagnose gastrointestinal conditions.
In addition, we already know that people with kidney or liver failure, for example, have changes in the scent of their breath, Rohs notes. 

How the test works

The methodology is quite simple, the individual to be tested would breathe into the device containing the Breathe Biopsy Tech., which has the ability to detect volatile organic compound (VOCs).

Volatile organic compounds are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at normal room temperature (15 - 25°C)

They are aromatic molecules released in our breath, which develop when cells metabolize.

When a cell’s metabolism is changed, as it synonymous with cancer, the cells can release a different VOC sample. The device is modified to identify patterns linked with diverse structure of the disease.

“The idea is to detect volatiles which may have signatures specific to different cancer types,” Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald, the lead trial investigator at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre, told reporters.
Several exemplifications backs the notion that VOC patterns are dissimilar amongst several Cancer types so this would be used in foretelling the type of cancer.
“The metabolism of different sorts of cancer cells is different according to the mutations that perturb cells in specific ways,” Fitzgerald explained.
Hopefully, the researchers can correlate different VOC patterns to specific types of cancers, she adds.




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