A group of researchers at VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has developed a technique that allows testing to detect cancer through a single drop of blood, the university hospital said on Thursday.
The method, used to analyze six types of cancer, “proved to be very effective in cases of early diagnosis,” according to the statement. In particular, it was possible to identify the disease in 96% of the cases, according to the researchers.
Although the tests are still in the experimental phase, research director Tom Würdinger said he hopes the new process may be available to patients within five years.
“It’s important to detect and treat cancer as quickly as possible. This new technique can play a big part in this and we hope to save lives,” added the VUmc.
The new method was published today in the academic journal “Cancer Cell”.