Using a new technology to develop a blood test for the early detection of breast cancer spread

Start Year: 2014
Finish Year: 2015
Chief Investigator: Dr Michelle Hill
Grant Type: Novel Concept Awards
Institution: The University of Queensland

Breast mammography screening programs have enabled the earlier detection of breast cancer. While localised breast cancer can be surgically removed, cancers that have spread to other organs require drug treatment. Cancer spread (metastasis) is difficult to detect by imaging techniques because of the broad potential organ distribution and small initial size. This program aims to identify blood markers that can be used to diagnose patients with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer.

By comparing the levels of certain proteins in blood samples collected from patients with metastatic or non-metastatic breast cancer, this project will find a list of metastasis-associated blood proteins that could be used to diagnose those with advanced disease.