Local Scientists Report Advance In Ovarian Cancer Detection

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Scientists at UC Davis say they’ve found over a dozen biological markers in the blood of ovarian cancer patients. Chemist Carlito Lebrilla is leading the study. He says they may be able to use that information to come up with an early detection system. 

"It’s pretty early on right now but we are quite hopeful that something like this would lead to a blood test that we could use to eventually screen women past a certain age and look for ovarian cancer." 

Lebrilla says they’re using a new science known as glycomics to identify changes in the sugars attached to cellular proteins that appear to be characteristic of ovarian cancer. These altered sugars can be detected in the blood of ovarian cancer patients.