TOKYO, June 17 (PNA/Sputnik) — A group of scientists in Japan have developed a new time-saving technology that allows to diagnose cancer in early stages using just one drop of blood.
“The technology tests for the presence of a malign tumor using just one drop of blood and allows to identify stomach, colon and pancreatic cancer in early stages in just three minutes. This technology does not exist anywhere else in the world,” Katsuyuki Hasegawa, a researcher at the Mytech company told RIA Novosti.
Scientists are hailing a breakthrough in cancer treatment they hope will usher in a new era for those battling the disease by using the body’s own immune system to attack cancerous cells.
Mytech worked on the new technology in collaboration with specialists from the Kototoyosu Hospital at the Showa University in Tokyo. The company developed a special metal plate where a patient’s blood drop is placed and then put under ultraviolet rays. If the patient has cancer, the blood starts to glow when treated with radiation, while a healthy person’s blood does not glow.
“This is an absolutely new world achievement. This method is simple and it can be used at any hospital even starting from tomorrow,” Hasegawa said.
According to the researcher, scientists still need to come up with a database of images that correspond to different types of cancer, so that doctors using the new technology can quickly tell exactly what kind of malign tumor a patient has.
Clinical trials of the new technology are expected to start in one year. (PNA/Sputnik)