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Biopsy is the removal of cells or tissues for examination by a pathologist. The pathologist may study the tissue under a microscope or perform other tests on the cells or tissue. There are many different types of biopsy procedures. The most common types include: (1) incisional biopsy, in which only a sample of tissue is removed; (2) excisional biopsy, in which an entire lump or suspicious area is removed; and (3) needle biopsy, in which a sample of tissue or fluid is removed with a needle. When a wide needle is used, the procedure is called a core biopsy. When a thin needle is used, the procedure is called a fine-needle aspiration biopsy.
NICO, Synaptive Medical join forces to integrate innovative technologies for brain surgery

NICO, Synaptive Medical join forces to integrate innovative technologies for brain surgery

Indianapolis interventional medical device maker NICO Corporation and Toronto-based 3D visualization leader Synaptive Medical announced today at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting that they have joined forces to integrate their innovative technologies for brain surgery. [More]
Chesapeake Urology offers revolutionary biopsy system for detection, diagnosis of prostate cancer

Chesapeake Urology offers revolutionary biopsy system for detection, diagnosis of prostate cancer

Chesapeake Urology Associates ("Chesapeake"), continually on the forefront of clinical and technological innovation, offers a state-of-the-art prostate cancer diagnostic, which "fuses" detailed MRI scans with live, real-time ultrasound images of the prostate. [More]
Radio frequency identification technology for localizing breast tumors

Radio frequency identification technology for localizing breast tumors

Breast cancer may inspire more public discussion, advocacy and charitable giving than almost any other disease besides HIV and AIDS. But people rarely talk about the specific experiences to which cancer patients are subjected. [More]
RNA molecules in tissue, urine samples can detect prostate cancer

RNA molecules in tissue, urine samples can detect prostate cancer

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have identified a set of RNA molecules that are detectable in tissue samples and urine of prostate cancer patients but not in normal healthy individuals. [More]
Study addresses the challenge of genomic heterogeneity

Study addresses the challenge of genomic heterogeneity

Known cancer-driving genomic aberrations in localized lung cancer appear to be so consistently present across tumors that a single biopsy of one region of the tumor is likely to identify most of them, according to a paper published today in Science. [More]
Chronic contact allergy from metal orthopedic implant linked to aggressive form of skin cancer

Chronic contact allergy from metal orthopedic implant linked to aggressive form of skin cancer

In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer. [More]
CTCs in blood of metastatic cancer patients give genomic read-out of breast cancer

CTCs in blood of metastatic cancer patients give genomic read-out of breast cancer

The genetic fingerprint of a metastatic cancer is constantly changing, which means that the therapy that may have stopped a patient's cancer growth today, won't necessarily work tomorrow. [More]
Lung cancer can be detected much earlier using lab-on-a-chip technology

Lung cancer can be detected much earlier using lab-on-a-chip technology

Scientists have been laboring to detect cancer and a host of other diseases in people using promising new biomarkers called "exosomes." Indeed, Popular Science magazine named exosome-based cancer diagnostics one of the 20 breakthroughs that will shape the world this year. Exosomes could lead to less invasive, earlier detection of cancer, and sharply boost patients' odds of survival. [More]
NanoString, BWH partner to translate genomic biomarker discoveries into clinical cancer diagnostics

NanoString, BWH partner to translate genomic biomarker discoveries into clinical cancer diagnostics

NanoString Technologies, Inc., a provider of life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products, today announced that it has signed a multi-year, multi-investigator research collaboration with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital to accelerate the translation of genomic biomarker discoveries into clinical cancer diagnostics. [More]
Medac Pharma launches Rasuvo (methotrexate) injection for patients with RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma launches Rasuvo (methotrexate) injection for patients with RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company, has announced the launch of its lead product Rasuvo (methotrexate) injection for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), poly-articular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis in the U.S. [More]
Metamark expands prostate cancer test services to include PROGENSAPCA3 assay

Metamark expands prostate cancer test services to include PROGENSAPCA3 assay

Metamark announced today the expansion of its prostate cancer test services to now include the PROGENSA® PCA3 assay, a urine-based test that can help confirm negative prostate biopsies, and ERG, a companion test to the company's existing PTEN assay. [More]
Trovagene begins new study to assess precision cancer monitoring technology in lung cancer management

Trovagene begins new study to assess precision cancer monitoring technology in lung cancer management

Trovagene, Inc., a developer of cell-free molecular diagnostics, announced today that it has expanded its clinical program to include a study designed to evaluate use of the Company's precision cancer monitoring technology in the management of lung cancer patients. [More]
CNIO researchers discover new specific marker for cancer stem cells

CNIO researchers discover new specific marker for cancer stem cells

Tumours are mosaics of cells that are morphologically and molecularly very different. In this cellular heterogeneity, it is calculated that only 1-2% of the tumour mass is made up of cancer stem cells, which over the past years have been suggested to be responsible for the origin of cancer and for the resistance to conventional chemical therapies. [More]
Cancer specialist outlines 10 symptoms that should never be ignored

Cancer specialist outlines 10 symptoms that should never be ignored

Patients often ask, "Doc, is this something to worry about?" Patients fear the worst yet often choose to ignore potentially deadly warning signs. [More]
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy have no negative effect on unborn babies

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy have no negative effect on unborn babies

Children who are exposed to chemotherapy or radiotherapy while in the womb suffer no negative impacts on mental or cardiac development, international studies presented at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid have shown. [More]
Elsevier honored at BMA Medical Book Awards ceremony

Elsevier honored at BMA Medical Book Awards ceremony

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that 28 of its professional and scholarly products were honored at the British Medical Association's annual BMA Medical Book Awards ceremony at BMA House in London on Sept. 22, 2014. [More]
Research: Skin cells from pediatric patients can be used in tissue-engineered pulmonary valves

Research: Skin cells from pediatric patients can be used in tissue-engineered pulmonary valves

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient's skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve. [More]
Patients and healthcare professionals willing to trade false-positive diagnoses, study finds

Patients and healthcare professionals willing to trade false-positive diagnoses, study finds

Both patients and healthcare professionals believe diagnosis of extracolonic malignancy with screening computed tomography (CT) colonography greatly outweighs the potential disadvantages of subsequent radiologic or invasive follow-up tests precipitated by false-positive diagnoses, according to a new study published in the October issue of the journal Radiology. [More]
Seno Medical completes enrollment in PIONEER Pivotal Study of Imagio for diagnosing breast cancer

Seno Medical completes enrollment in PIONEER Pivotal Study of Imagio for diagnosing breast cancer

Seno Medical Instruments, Inc., the company pioneering the development of opto-acoustic technology as a new tool to improve the process of diagnosing breast cancer, announced today it has completed active enrollment of subjects in its U.S.-based PIONEER Pivotal Study of Imagio. [More]
Circulating tumour cell clinical research collaboration announced between EKF Diagnostics and Massachusetts General Hospital

Circulating tumour cell clinical research collaboration announced between EKF Diagnostics and Massachusetts General Hospital

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, announces that it has entered into a two year research collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a global leader in successfully bridging innovative science with state-of-the-art clinical medicine, to develop PointMan™ assays that can effectively detect treatable cancer mutations in blood samples. [More]