St. Elizabeth offers new blood test that can screen for 50 different cancers at once

St. Elizabeth offers new blood test that can screen for 50 different cancers at once

A new blood test at St. Elizabeth can screen for 50 different types of cancer. The new test, called Galleri, detects DNA from cancer cells in the blood. Health officials have said that this DNA is different from the DNA of the rest of the normal body. blood cells, it can help identify a potential tumor that may require medical attention.St. Elizabeth calls the new test a game-changer for patients, as they can now identify cancers that are currently hard to detect. “This test is very good at detecting cancers that we currently don’t have good screening options for, such as ovarian or pancreatic cancer,” said Jaime Grund, MS, director of the Centers for Precision Medicine. and Breast St. Elizabeth, in a statement. “These cancers are difficult to detect at an early stage. This new test allows us to screen for these diseases in a way that we haven’t been able to before.” Health officials have said that because 70% of cancer deaths are from cancers that don’t have effective screening, the impact of testing could be significant. has only screenings available for breast, cervical, colon, lung, and prostate cancer, and they must be done one at a time. Considering that the new blood test checks for 50 different cancers at the time. Officials say the test is intended to complement already existing screenings, not replace them. Patients should also see their health care provider for routine checkups. The blood test is currently available at St. Elizabeth for patients over 50 who think they do not have cancer but may be at risk. The test is not recommended for pregnant women. Any patient who has ever been treated for cancer must be in remission for at least three years before being tested. The test required a blood draw and the results are available within two weeks. Positive results can identify concern for cancer in a specific part of the body, up to two affected body parts. In the event of a positive result, patients will be contacted by a licensed genetic counsellor. “We see patients in our prevention clinic because we try to identify cancers in their earliest stages, when they are most easily treatable. We are also interested in what steps can be taken to prevent cancer,” said Grund said in a statement. “This blood test fits perfectly into our early detection and prevention efforts.” To date, St. Elizabeth has performed the test on a handful of patients, and no one has received a positive result. Currently, the test is not covered by insurance and costs $949 out of pocket.

A new blood test at St. Elizabeth can screen for 50 different types of cancer.

The new test, called Galleri, detects DNA from cancer cells in the blood.

Health officials said that because this DNA is different from the DNA of the rest of normal blood cells in the body, it can help identify a potential tumor that may require medical attention.

St. Elizabeth calls the new test revolutionary for patients because they can now identify cancers that are currently difficult to detect.

“This test is very good at detecting cancers that we currently don’t have good screening options for, such as ovarian or pancreatic cancer,” said Jaime Grund, MS, director of the Centers for Precision Medicine. and Breast St. Elizabeth, in a statement. “These cancers are difficult to detect at an early stage. This new test allows us to screen for these diseases in a way that we haven’t been able to do before.”

Health officials have said that since 70% of cancer deaths are from cancers that do not receive effective screening, the impact of the test could be significant.

Currently, only screenings are available for breast, cervical, colon, lung, and prostate cancer, and they must be done one at a time.

While the new blood test checks for 50 different cancers at once.

Officials say the test is intended to complement already existing screenings, not replace them.

Patients should also see their providers for routine checkups.

The blood test is currently available at St. Elizabeth for patients over 50 who think they may not have cancer but may be at risk.

The test is not recommended for pregnant women. Any patient who has ever been treated for cancer must be in remission for at least three years before being tested.

The test required a blood draw and the results are available within two weeks.

Positive results can identify concern for cancer in a specific part of the body, up to two affected body parts.

In the event of a positive result, patients will be contacted by a licensed genetic counsellor.

“We see patients in our prevention clinic because we try to identify cancers in their earliest stages, when they are most easily treatable. We are also interested in what steps can be taken to prevent cancer,” said Grund said in a statement. “This blood test fits perfectly into our early detection and prevention efforts.”

To date, St. Elizabeth has completed testing on a handful of patients, and no one has received a positive result.

Currently, the test is not covered by insurance and costs $949 out of pocket.

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