Research & Development
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Viome Life Sciences highlights clinical results
The study was published December 8 in NPJ Genomic Medicine and describes a diagnostic method based on a saliva sample for detecting early-stage oral squamous cell carcinoma. The test received breakthrough device designation in May 2021 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lab technology for the test was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
December 19, 2021
Sysmex Inostics touts liquid biopsy findings at ASCO
The featured data will show how the company's SafeSEQ cfHPV-DNA Test (HPV-SEQ) detects cell-free HPV DNA, enabling monitoring for patients with HPV and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), a type of head and neck cancer.
June 3, 2021
Viome's screening tool given 'breakthrough device' designation
Viome's technology and AI platform is designed to screen for oral cancer and throat cancer, which are traditionally diagnosed manually by a primary care clinician by visual or tactile senses in a subjective way, often going undiscovered.
May 6, 2021
Universal Diagnostics touts blood-based lung cancer test
Presented at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 2020 World Conference, the test uses methylation status measurement of the tumor-derived portion from cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in plasma for patient classification. Researchers examined plasma samples of 37 lung cancer patients and 71 asymptomatic age, gender, and smoking-history matching controls.
January 28, 2021
Researchers get $3.3M to study AI in oral cancer
The U.S. National Cancer Institute awarded the five-year grant to a group led by Anant Madabhushi, PhD, the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering at CWRU and head of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, and Dr. James Lewis Jr., a pathology, microbiology, and immunology professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
January 5, 2021
Google reports pathology AI helps predict survival in cancer patients
The deep-learning system was developed and tested using histopathology slides for patients with 10 cancer types -- including bladder cancer, invasive breast cancer, and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma -- drawing from publicly available data from the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) program.
June 17, 2020
FDA approves Agilent assay for lung cancer
The test, called PD-L1 IHC 28-8 pharmDx, will help physicians identify patients with metastatic NSCLC who qualify for treatment with a dual immunotherapy combination of nivolumab (Opdivo) and ipilimumab (Yervoy), both of which are manufactured by Bristol Myers Squibb.
May 17, 2020
Agilent's PD-L1 test gets OK for head, neck cancer in Europe
The assay is approved for use as a companion diagnostic with the checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck), the company said in a statement. Keytruda is approved as a monotherapy or in combination with chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of metastatic or unresectable recurrent HNSCC in adults whose tumors express PD-L1 with a combined positive score of at least 1.
November 21, 2019
Blood work tracks immunotherapy in GI cancers
Hyperprogressive disease -- or rapid tumor expansion -- is an effect of immune checkpoint blockade drug therapy that has been getting more attention in recent years with the rising use of PD-1 inhibitors across tumor types. It is distinct from pseudoprogression, where there is tumor growth initially with immunotherapy treatment, but it is followed by a response.
July 25, 2019
Journal eyes liquid biopsy's promise with special edition
Liquid biopsy detects markers for disease in bodily fluids less invasively than tissue biopsy. This makes it easier for physicians to monitor cancer progression in patients and to adjust treatment regimens as cancer cells develop resistance to existing therapies.
April 21, 2019
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