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Pioneering technique may help detect cancer in early stages
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10 December

A scientific team led by a Portuguese researcher has developed a pioneering technique to detect cancer in the early stages. The results, published in Nature Medicine , seem to confirm the method's rapidity, precision and reliability. The new procedure, based on glucose consumption, has been successfully tested in mice. Clinical trials are in the making.

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Cancer cell

The findings, carried out by experts from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), may also lead to new glucose consumption related techniques especially intended to measure and monitor a cancer treatments' effectiveness on both the short and long run.

Trials in humans are at a preparatory stage.

The principal investigator, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, was supported by a 2-year Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie IEF grant managed by the REA.