Cancer

News on cancer research & diagnostics, liquid biopsy, and cancer risk testing.

Sweden-based Immunovia is preparing to launch its first diagnostic — a liquid biopsy test for pancreatic cancer — in 2018.

The firms will develop tests in the hematology oncology space where detecting large structural variations of the genome is crucial for accurate diagnoses. 

The deal with Aetna includes coverage for Interpace's ThyGenX oncogene panel and ThyraMir microRNA gene expression classifier.

An Alberta-based research group plans to launch a blood test that could improve the specificity of prostate cancer diagnosis and reduce the number of biopsies.

The test is now covered by Premera Blue Cross, a regional health plan with more than 2 million members located primarily in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.