Friday, October 11, 2019

Liquid biopsy test for cancer patients free at Pune


PUNE: A Pune-based biotech company is offering free tests using its cancer detection technology throughout this month to raise awareness about liquid biopsy test.
The test detects circulating tumour cells (CTC) which are cancer cells that have broken away from the primary tumour and are circulating in the bloodstream (a process known as metastasis). The test is virtually pain free and requires five milliliter (ml) of blood.

"We are observing October as the liquid biopsy awareness month and hence offering free testing to cancer patients in our diagnostic lab at Wakad on Aundh-Hinjawadi road. It is a simple blood test which can be used for early detection of cancer progression or relapse," said scientist Jayant Khandare of Actorius Innovations and Research Pvt Ltd. The technology is the first indigenously developed test which has received approval for manufacturing for sale under the new Medical Device Rules (MDR 2017) from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

The test does not need any special preparation like fasting or stopping any medicine. Patients can avail the free testing by booking the test online ( and visiting the diagnostic lab (located at Wakad) on the appointed day.

"The test covers epithelial cancers such as head and neck, lung, breast, cervical, prostate, gastric, colorectal etc. Currently, the free testing is restricted to patients who are suffering from cancer. Healthy individuals who have a family history of cancer and may be at high risk of getting the disease will have to pay the charges of Rs 15,000 for the test," Khandare said.


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