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OUR TECHNOLOGY

LIQUID BIOPSY

A test done on a blood sample, to look for circulating tumour cells (CTC) or pieces of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) shed by cancer cells in the blood of a patient.

Liquid biopsy is a test done on a blood sample, to look for circulating tumour cells (CTC) or pieces of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) shed by cancer cells in the blood of a patient. Procedure is rather safe, simple, fast, and cost effective, which only involves the extraction of patients’ blood.

Why is Liquid Biopsy useful?

  1. Liquid biopsy is non-invasive
  2. Representing summation of spatial heterogeneity
  3. It is useful to detect cancer at an early stage
  4. It is also useful in monitoring the responses to treatment and help explain why some cancers are resistant to therapies
  5. It is the best option when tissue biopsy is non-accessible in some advanced cancers
  6. It is able to be repeated serially to monitor molecular changes in tumour
Tissue BiopsyLiquid Biopsy
Limited Tumour Profile
(Due to localized tissue sampling)
Comprehensive Tumour/Genetic Profile
(Especially useful when tissue biopsy is inaccessible and for monitoring of disease progression)
Time-intensive
(Requires admission & overnight in hospital for scans & procedures)
Quick
(Blood draw can be done in minutes)
Not Easily Obtainable
(25% of lung cancer tissue biopsies are inaccessible OR fail to obtain enough tissue)
Easily Obtainable
PainfulMinimal Pain
Elevated risk for patient
(May cause complications or infections)
Minimum risk
InvasiveMinimally Invasive
Inflated costLow cost
Determine status at single time pointAllows serial sampling & detection of resistance to drugs
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OUR TECHNOLOGY

LIQUID BIOPSY

A test done on a blood sample, to look for circulating tumour cells (CTC) or pieces of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) shed by cancer cells in the blood of a patient.

Liquid biopsy is a test done on a blood sample, to look for circulating tumour cells (CTC) or pieces of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) shed by cancer cells in the blood of a patient. Procedure is rather safe, simple, fast, and cost effective, which only involves the extraction of patients’ blood.

Why is Liquid Biopsy useful?

  1. Liquid biopsy is non-invasive
  2. Representing summation of spatial heterogeneity
  3. It is useful to detect cancer at an early stage
  4. It is also useful in monitoring the responses to treatment and help explain why some cancers are resistant to therapies
  5. It is the best option when tissue biopsy is non-accessible in some advanced cancers
  6. It is able to be repeated serially to monitor molecular changes in tumour
Tissue BiopsyLiquid Biopsy
Limited Tumour Profile
(Due to localized tissue sampling)
Comprehensive Tumour/Genetic Profile
(Especially useful when tissue biopsy is inaccessible and for monitoring of disease progression)
Time-intensive
(Requires admission & overnight in hospital for scans & procedures)
Quick
(Blood draw can be done in minutes)
Not Easily Obtainable
(25% of lung cancer tissue biopsies are inaccessible OR fail to obtain enough tissue)
Easily Obtainable
PainfulMinimal Pain
Elevated risk for patient
(May cause complications or infections)
Minimum risk
InvasiveMinimally Invasive
Inflated costLow cost
Determine status at single time pointAllows serial sampling & detection of resistance to drugs
View all cited references
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