This blog originated as a press release from Cedars-Sinai. Thanks to them for allowing us to repost it here.
Analysis of particles shed by tumors points to new, less invasive way to diagnose malignancies
A recent study sheds light on proteins in particles called extracellular vesicles, which are released by tumor cells into the bloodstream and promote the spread of cancer. The findings suggest how a blood test involving these vesicles might be used to diagnose cancer in the future, avoiding the need for invasive surgical biopsies.