Good news from Australia
Melanoma diagnosis in hours with new test
Advanced melanoma patients will be able to get a diagnosis of how far along their cancer is within hours, not weeks, thanks to a new blood test.
The "liquid biopsy" blood test was pioneered in Victoria by the Melbourne Melanoma Project and has saved lives by telling doctors almost instantaneously what melanoma mutations exist in a patient's DNA.
That information is then used to treat them with targeted medication for that strain of melanoma.
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We contacted our minister for health to let him know about this test and that we feel it is would be more cost effective to start the correct treatment immediately, rather than trying several to see what works, as we know the treatment is so expensive and a simple blood test would be more cost effective and less invasive than a biopsy,
Fair play to our health minister he has let us know our comments have been noted.
The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., has asked me to thank you for your email concerning melanoma and to let you know the contents have been noted.
A few Q&As regarding the melanoma liquid biopsy. We are waiting to find out when it will be made available worldwide including Ireland
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