Early detection of pancreatic cancer for increased survival rates
IMMrayTM PanCan-d is a unique blood test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer that has the potential to dramatically increase patient survival rates: from 5-8% to up to 49%. Our retrospective studies show that the test is able to detect stage I and stage II pancreatic cancer with an accuracy of 96%. A test with such a high level of accuracy would give clinicians a much greater chance of finding the cancer when it is still resectable by surgical procedures.
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A standard patient blood sample is taken by the clinician and sent to the laboratory. At the laboratory, patient serum samples are applied on to the IMMray™ PanCan-d microarray that has room for up to 14 patient samples. Each microarray generates a biomarker signature that is evaluated for pancreatic cancer using advanced bioinformatics and complex software algorithms, after scanning with a standard fluorescent scanner.
IMMray™ PanCan-d has the potential to address several unmet clinical needs:
- Screening of high-risk groups i.e. familial/hereditary pancreatic cancer
- Testing of new onset diabetes type II patients over 50 years who suffer a 6-8 times increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer within 1-3 years
- Testing of patients with vague symptom profiles were the clinicans suspects, or wants to rule out, pancreatic cancer
IMMray™ PanCan-d is currently undergoing a prospective validation study to confirm our findings before market introduction. We are very interested in getting into contact with high-risk individuals with hereditary pancreatic cancer in the family.
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