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News and reporting on prostate cancer.

Decipher — formerly GenomeDx Biosciences — will help Dendreon identify patients who are likely to respond to its prostate cancer therapy Provenge.

The test measures a number of protein biomarkers, including a proprietary antibody, to diagnose prostate cancer and determine its aggressiveness.

As part of the agreement, LifeLabs will serve as an exclusive distributor for MDxHealth's non-invasive liquid biopsy prostate cancer assay In Canada.

The federal government said GenomeDx billed Medicare for its Decipher Biopsy prostate cancer genome classifier on behalf of patients who didn't need the test.

In fiscal Q2, the firm's Diagnostics and Genomics revenues were $39.3 million, up 6 percent year over year from $37.1 million.

Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK were awarded £275,000 to develop the new test to measure PSA levels better than conventional tests.

The test, for use on the Claros I Analyzer, leverages microfluidic technology in a disposable test cassette to provide results in 10 minutes or less.

The latest guidelines include new language about screening individuals with BRCA mutations and the potential utility of certain biomarker tests.

The non-coverage decision came despite appeals by the company following a draft non-coverage determination issued last year.  

The qPCR assay measures methylation of six genes and could help doctors identify aggressive vs indolent prostate cancer more accurately than PSA.

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