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Start-up Seeks Crowd Funding to Complete Clinical Studies Supporting Breakthrough Blood Test for Earlier Detection of Melanoma
Date:8/13/2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In collaboration with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville, LBIdx™ is advancing a breakthrough blood test, the Plasma Thermogram™ (pT). Based on a simple blood draw, researchers at LBIdx™ and the Brown Cancer Center see great promise for the pTtest as a "game-changer" allowing physicians to monitor cancer patients more closely. Monitoring is a critical part of cancer treatment and provides physicians with vital information in the fight against cancer.

LBIdx™ and the Brown Cancer Center are initiating a clinical study that will demonstrate the pT test's capabilities for improved monitoring of melanoma patients at dangerous risk of metastasis and for response to medical treatment. Director Donald Miller M.D., Ph.D. and Deputy Director Jason A. Chesney, M.D., Ph.D., will be co-investigators of the planned study to detect earlier signs of change in disease status. Researchers expect the pTwill provide a unique insight into cancer status leading to improved medical response options, including therapy. Equally important, this test stands to be an earlier indicator or remission or relapse.  In all, the test stands to help answer those age-old questions, "Am I winning my battle with cancer?" and "Is my cancer gone?" 

Current medical practice frequently relies on medical imaging procedures, like CT scans, to monitor melanoma patients. But due to the high dose radiation exposure from each procedure, their use by physicians is limited, which can hinder patient monitoring.  In addition, the FDA is striving to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from these medical imaging procedures which are the greatest contributo
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