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Could a simple blood test replace the invasive tissue biopsy?

Answer: It’s complicated …

April 2, 2019 | By Jake Siegel / Fred Hutch News Service

Don’t expect blood tests to replace the oncologist’s needle anytime soon.

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Is metastatic prostate cancer tailor-made for precision oncology?

New study shows a single biopsy could provide enough molecular information to guide individualized therapy for prostate cancer patients

Feb. 29, 2016 | By Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study from scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington suggests metastatic prostate cancer may present just the pair of characteristics needed for precision oncology: Metastases from different patients varied widely in their genetic characteristics, and metastases within a single patient were remarkably similar.

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Change in PSA level may not predict prostate cancer

Center statistical analyses show screening for PSA velocity can lead to unnecessary biopsies

March 14, 2011

New research has shown that change in PSA levels over time—known as PSA velocity—is a poor predictor of prostate cancer and may lead to many unnecessary biopsies. The study findings were published online Feb. 24 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researcher, Cathee Till of the Public Health Sciences Division, conducted statistical analyses.

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