Breakthrough blood test personalizes and optimizes prostate cancer treatment

Date Posted: 
2015-03-24

A breakthrough study published in Clinical Cancer Research describes a minimally invasive method for interrogating mechanisms of therapeutic resistance in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

Scientists from the Vancouver Prostate Centre lead by Dr. Kim Chi, along with their international collaborators, have performed the largest cohort study of patients with advanced prostate cancer to look for prostate cancer-specific mutations in circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) (i.e. from blood samples). It is the first study to tie such results to clinical outcomes.   

VPC researchers are further testing their findings in several clinical trials. If the trials show a strong connection between the genetic profile and treatment, the blood test will hopefully roll out to clinical use.

Read more at the VCHRI news release and at the Clinical Cancer Research publication.

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Rock4Prostate fundraiser - Friday Nov 8, 2019

The 2nd annual Rock4Prostate event takes place Friday Nov 8 at the Backstage Lounge Pub on Granville Island.  Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door ($20 or $10 for students 19+), with proceeds going to Prostate Cancer Canada.  Please visit the Facebook event page for more details

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Dr. Lallous appointed Senior Research Scientist, featured in VCH News

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Dr. Zoubeidi promoted to Professor

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