Test for esophageal cancer claims to detect harmful cells


Johns Hopkins Medicine discovered a screening test that has the ability to screen for harmful cells.

According to Johns Hopkins research, the Esophacap screening detects dangerous changes in the cells that line inside the esophagus. 

“Patients will swallow a small sponge that’s attached to a string that can be pulled back up through the esophagus swiping cells on the way up,” Rachel Butch of HopkinsMed News said.

In the article, gastroenterologist Stephen Meltzer, a professor of medicine and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, along with a team of researchers, clinicians and biomedical engineers explain that the test uses specific genetic biomarkers to detect dangerous changes in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus.

Photo Credits: Stephen Meltzer, M.D.

Video Interview: Johns Hopkins Medicine

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