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Cancer Screening

BRCA2 Gene, Your Stories

The Results

Six weeks ago I walked into an examination room in Woman College Hospital, my heart was pounding and my mind was racing.

“Tell me, what do you know about your family history? What do you know about BRCA 2? ”. I’ve been waiting approximately fourteen years for this question; I’ve been well versed in my answer since choosing to get tested and when Sonya, my genetic councillor asked, the words rolled off my tongue like memorized poetry. Continue Reading

Blood Tests, News

Can One Drop of Blood Diagnose Cancer?

According to the researchers at Amsterdam’s VU University Cancer Research Centre, the answer is yes.  The research team, lead by Professor Tom Würdinger have, in fact, developed a technique that can detect cancer in the early stages using a single drop of blood.

The researchers discovered that platelets (colorless blood cells that help blood clot) from cancer patients contain RNA (copies of parts of the DNA) of the tumour.

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