How would you feel if cancer took away your loved ones without warning?
What would it feel like to be diagnosed with terminal cancer out of the blue during your annual health checkup?
Now imagine the possibilities of treatment and survival if you could identify red flags for cancer before it’s too late.
The CTC test is an FDA-approved, convenient, non-invasive blood procedure that detects nascent cancer cells and monitors the progression of the disease throughout the body. With proven 90.1% sensitivity and 84.4% specificity, the CTC test is known for its highly accurate cancer prognosis.
What are the advantages of the CTC test?
- Early cancer discovery and treatment
- Simple and safe testing process that requires only 10 mL of the patient’s blood
- Fast test result available within 10 days
|Comparison table for CTC test and other cancer diagnostic methods|
|CTC Test||Tumor marker||X-rays||Needle Biopsy|
|Blood sample||Blood sample||Radiology||Biopsy|
|Capable of detecting early-stage cancer||Might not be capable of detecting early-stage cancer||Might not be capable of detecting early-stage cancer||Might not be capable of detecting early-stage cancer|
|Used in disease screening and progression monitoring||Used in disease screening and progression monitoring||Used in disease screening, diagnosis, and treatmen||Used in diagnosis|
|90.1% sensitivity and 84.4% specificity||Not a cancer-specific screening method and has low sensitivity||Has low sensitivity resulting from influence by the size of cancer||Has low sensitivity resulting from influence by the size of cancer and might yield inaccurate result in case of progressed cancer|
|Able to detect cancerous cells in the blood that are larger than 5 mm||Able to detect cancerous cells that are 5 cm or in their metastasis stage||MRI/PET/CT scans are able to detect cancerous cells that are 0.3–1 cm||Only used to diagnose screened patients with potential cancer symptoms|
|No side effects||No side effects||Potential side effects from radiation||Potential side effects from biopsy such as infection|
Who should take the CTC test?
- Individuals with lifestyle risk factors for cancer like heavy smoking or drinking
- Those with a family history of cancer
- Those with a high-risk factor based on genetic testing
- Cancer patients who would like to monitor treatment progress
- Cancer survivors who would like to identify their risk of recurrence
- Health-conscious individuals
Which cancers can CTC testing detect?
- Lung cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Liver cancer
- Nasopharynx cancer
Find cancer early and increase your chance of survival
Despite killing countless patients globally, cancer can be prevented and cured with routine health checkups and prompt, efficient screening methods. Cancer patients’ chance of survival depends largely on the stage in which the disease is discovered — so the sooner the diagnosis, the higher the chance of getting back your normal, healthy life.