What is a cancer screening?
Cancer Screening, West Malling, Kent
According to Cancer Research, one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime. It’s a daunting prospect, especially if you have a family history of cancer, in which case you may be concerned about whether this puts you at risk. A cancer screening is a test that looks for early signs of cancer in people without symptoms. It can help spot cancers at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be successful. Trucheck Intelli is a breakthrough cancer screening test that can provide early detection for a range of cancers from a simple blood test. From breast and lung cancer to prostate cancer and melanoma, it can detect cancer, even at stages before they are visible on scans and other diagnostic techniques. Ideal as part of an annual health check up, this test will help you understand whether you currently have cancer or not, and if you do – where tumours are located for rapid treatment. So how exactly does the Trucheck Intelli blood test work? And is it worth exploring? This is everything you need to know.
What is the Trucheck Intelli Blood Test?
TruCheck is a highly effective and convenient cancer screening blood test available to detect up to 70 types of solid organ cancers. It works by checking your blood sample for circulating tumour cells (CTCs), and clusters of the cells. Thanks to recent technological advancements (validated on over 40,000 individuals), we also know enough about what different cells look like to be able to identify from their unique fingerprint which part of the body they have come from. This means we can now detect cancer in some cases at stages before they are visible on scans and through current screening techniques. New in the UK, this test is revolutionising the ability to detect cancer at its earliest stages, and we are proud to be one of the early adopters in the country to offer it.
What happens at the appointment?
A non-invasive procedure, this test requires a simple blood test appointment to draw a small sample from a vein in your arm. This sample is then analysed at a leading UK laboratory to detect the existence of any CTCs and therefore to determine whether you have a higher risk of detectable cancer currently in your body; a negative finding will signify a substantially lesser risk.
You can choose to screen for multiple cancers or choose to target a specific type of cancer. The choice is personal, some patients prefer to screen for the largest possible number of cancers. Other patients want to do a more targeted screen.
- Trucheck™ Intelli – up to 70 solid tumours
- Trucheck™ Breast
- Trucheck™ Prostate
- Trucheck™ Colon
The blood test is analysed at a specialist world-class laboratory which will share your test report with your doctor in about 2 weeks’ time.
The Trucheck Intelli Cancer Detection Blood Tests represent a monumental leap forward in cancer detection. They provide you with the power to proactively manage your health and offer you much-needed peace of mind.
Trucheck is a gamechanger in cancer detection
Launched in the UK in late 2022 after rigorous clinical trials, this test is brand new to the diagnostic screening industry. It is the only test available publicly to check for Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs), detecting even the tiniest existence of cancer from a small blood sample. Highly accurate, it not only identifies whether you have CTCs, but also where they originated from. This means you know where in your body the primary tumour is located, speeding up diagnosis and treatment, and enabling doctors to focus treatment on the required areas.
What cancers can it test for?
Our test can identify a wide range of solid organ cancers (cancers which affect organs, rather than blood) including:
- Head and Neck
- Salivary Gland
- Biliary Tract
- Soft Tissue
- Urinary Tract
- Central Nervous System
- And many more!
What happens if my results come back as positive?
A positive result means that CTCs have been found in your blood. The test results will indicate the location for the select types of cancer with high accuracy, and in other cancers, the tissue of origin can be identified with reasonable accuracy. This means we can tell you where the cancer started developing in your body.
With any positive result, a member of the clinical team will call you personally to discuss your results, what they mean and guide you on your next steps which would include a referral. We have an established patient pathway with diagnostic facilities and appropriate other healthcare professionals if you get a positive result.
The Trucheck Intelli Cancer Detection Blood Tests represent a monumental leap forward in cancer detection. It provides you with the power to proactively manage your health and offer you much-needed peace of mind. If you’d like to learn more about the test, click here to enquire or to book a consultation.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.