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NCRI 2015 /
Sponge test a cheaper and less invasive screening method for oesophageal cancer

1st - 4th Nov 2015

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Published: 13.11.15
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Dr Rebecca Fitzgerald - University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Dr Fitzgerald talks to ecancertv at NCRI 2015 about the development of less invasive, easier and cheaper molecular tests for the early diagnosis of cancer.

In her work she has focussed on developing such a test for oesophageal cancer. The test uses a sponge (incased within a swallowable capsule) on a string, in place of an endoscopy or biopsy to detect atypical cells which may suggest a risk of oesophageal cancer. 

She also discusses the concept of risk stratification based on biomarkers to reduce unnecessary tests, as well as the steps that can be taken to reduce the prevalence of Barrett's oesophagus in the first place.


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Founding partners

European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

Founding Charities

Foundazione Umberto Veronesi Fondazione IEO Swiss Bridge

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ecancer Global Foundation