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Thursday, March 31, 2022

New Tests for Early Detection

 For pancreatic cancer, early detection is the key... the key to a survival that we are fighting for every day.

New on the horizon are two blood-based tests that can potentially detect pancreatic cancer before it causes symptoms.  And with pancreatic cancer, the earlier it is found, the more likely that it can be treated successfully.

We are excited to share the GRAIL's Galleri test and Immunovia's IMMray PanCan-d test.

The Galleri test can detect the presence of more than 50 types of cancer (including pancreatic cancer) and the IMMray PanCan-d test is the first-ever blood test specifically for pancreatic cancer.

And this is news.  Nothing in the world of pancreatic cancer has changed much in the last 50 years.  Treatments, tests, survival... it has been a hard fight. It's time to get an edge... way past time!

So, here's a few things to know about these tests:

Neither test is currently approved by the FDA or covered by insurance.  But both companies do run the tests in certified labs.

Both tests cost approximately $1,000 per test.

And it's important to state that the blood tests do not provide a definitive diagnosis, nor are they a standalone indicator of the presence of cancer.  As always, speak to your healthcare team when planning your cancer testing and treatment to determine what is best for you.

The Galleri test is an amazing test that can detect the presence of 50 types of cancer based on genetic material that gets shed from the cancer cells.  The results can also indicate where in your body (like the pancreas) the cancer may be found based on specific markers on the DNA 

The IMMray test is not available for everyone.  It was created to provide early detection for people who are at high risk for developing pancreatic cancer due to family history or a known genetic mutation.

If you are interested in either test contact your doctor or healthcare team.

And for a wonderful supportive team, check out PanCan's Patient Services for a wealth of information. Their counselors are some of the most helpful and encouraging voices you will hear on your journey... and we all need help and encouragement on the way.

Hope for tonight,

My Love, Always,

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