Intelligent Issue 05 - Page 9


USFDA GRANTS BREAKTHROUGH DESIGNATION FOR BLOOD TEST TO HELP DIAGNOSE INACCESSIBLE BRAIN TUMOURS doctors have to rely on complex surgical procedures to obtain tumour tissue for histopathological evaluation . The TriNetra-Glio liquid biopsy is intended to detect the cells released in the blood from the brain tumour ; these cells are extremely rare and hard to detect .

Datar Cancer Genetics ( DCG ) has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) has granted Breakthrough Device Designation for its ' TriNetra-Glio ', a blood test to help in the diagnosis of brain tumours .

This is the third test from DCG to have received the Breakthrough Device Designation from the USFDA . The company ' s early-stage breast and prostate cancer detection tests became the first liquid biopsies to receive the Breakthrough Device Designation .
Worldwide , brain cancer is the 12th most lethal cancer , and each year more than 250,000 adults die due to the disease . Diagnosis of brain tumours is resource-intensive , risk-prone and brain biopsies are impossible to perform in almost 40 % of advanced cases .
Presently , no blood test is available for diagnosing brain cancers and
A prospective , blinded study by a research team at the Imperial College , London , showed the test to be highly accurate . The test requires 15 ml blood and is indicated for patients where a brain biopsy , although necessary , cannot be performed or has been unsuccessful .


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