PanDNA examines the accumulation of three key molecular abnormalities that have been associated with cancer in pancreatic cysts: elevated DNA quantity; Oncogene mutations; and Tumor Suppressor Gene Mutations. Dr. Farrell and his coauthors extend these past findings to show how such molecular information can be used to help physicians assess a patient's long term risk of cancer. Depending on the individual characteristics of a patient's cyst, the study reports that accumulation of these key molecular abnormalities can be an indication that a patient is at high risk of cancer. Importantly, the study also shows that the absence of all molecular abnormalities can be an indication that a patient is at low, long term risk of cancer. Long term risk of cancer was evaluated in patients followed for up to 8 years after molecular testing.
Over 170,000 patients in the US annually are identified with pancreatic cysts via imaging studies and referred by Radiologists to a Gastroenterologist for further risk assessment resulting in critical decisions for observation of patients or decisions to surgically remove the lesion. PanDNA can provide physicians making those decisions with additional information about a patient's long term potential for developing cancer. The key molecular components of PanDNA have been evaluated in over 27,000 patients. This data will provide further support of the Company's ongoing launch of the PanDNA product to those clinicians that find value in the specific molecular data provided for each patient.
"We're excited to see strong, long term follow-up evidence supporting the ability of PanDNA to provide clinicians with additional information to better assess a patient's risk of cancer presented by a thought leader of Dr. Farrell's caliber" said Jack Stover, President and CEO of Interpace. "Having this data presented at a prestigious conference like the ACG demonstrates Interpace's continued commitment and contribution to improving patient care."
PanDNA® is a pancreatic cyst molecular test that, by using a small sample of pancreatic cyst fluid, can aid in pancreatic cancer risk assessment. Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to diagnose in early stages and typically spreads rapidly with signs and symptoms appearing when the cancer is significantly advanced. Because of this, and that complete surgical removal of the pancreas is not possible, pancreatic cancer is considered a leading cause of cancer deaths.
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PancraGEN® is a pancreatic cyst molecular test that, by using a small sample of pancreatic cyst fluid, can aid in pancreatic cancer risk assessment. PancraGEN® is 90% accurate, according to clinical studies, enabling effective risk stratification of patients. Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to diagnose in early stages and typically spreads rapidly with signs and symptoms appearing when the cancer is significantly advanced. Because of this, and that complete surgical removal of the pancreas is not possible, pancreatic cancer is considered a leading cause of cancer deaths.
Interpace Diagnostics provides clinically useful molecular diagnostic tests and pathology services for evaluating risk of cancer by leveraging the latest technology in personalized medicine for better patient diagnosis and management. The Company currently has three commercialized molecular tests: PancraGen® for the evaluation of pancreatic cysts and assessment of risk of concomitant or subsequent cancer; ThyGenX®, for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer from thyroid nodules utilizing a next generation sequencing assay; and ThyraMIR®, for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer from thyroid nodules utilizing a proprietary gene expression assay. Interpace Diagnostics mission is to provide personalized medicine through molecular diagnostics and innovation to advance patient care based on rigorous science.
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