Project LUNAR to Study Blood Test for Early Cancer Detection
Researchers from the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, UC San Francisco, Samsung Medical Center, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and other institutions will study the ability of Guardant Health's technology to detect cancer at early stages in high-risk populations. Guardant Health has already collected samples from multiple trial sites in breast, ovarian, lung, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers, with pilot data expected in the second half of 2016.
"The LUNAR technology, with its great sensitivity necessary for early detection, will establish a new frontier in cancer diagnostics, allowing use of a biological signal instead of standard imaging, and possibly one day replacing invasive procedures," said Massimo Cristofanilli, MD, associate director for precision medicine and translational research at the Lurie Cancer Center, oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Cristofanilli, who is also Director of the OncoSET Program at the Lurie Cancer Center, is one of the Principal Investigators of the LUNAR-Breast study. "The potential applications in breast cancer and other solid tumors can go far beyond early detection to monitor the efficacy and detect resistance to systemic therapies in adjuvant and neo-adjuvant settings."
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