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CTF-Funded Study Utilizes Promising Blood Test for Predicting Cancer Risk in NF Patients

By January 31, 2024February 1st, 2024Featured, Featured EU, NF1, Science & Research

In a groundbreaking study funded by the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), researchers are developing a remarkable blood test capable of predicting the risk of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) in individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). This cutting-edge advancement offers a ray of hope for early detection and intervention, potentially transforming the landscape of NF management. MPNSTs are rare but aggressive tumors and pose significant challenges in NF1 patients, often eluding early detection until they reach advanced stages. However, this innovative blood test promises to revolutionize how healthcare providers monitor patients, enabling proactive measures to mitigate the risk of MPNST development. By providing a simple and non-invasive method for assessing MPNST likelihood, this research heralds a new era in NF care, offering patients and healthcare professionals a powerful tool in the fight against this complex condition.

Read the pre-print of the study here.

Read more about CTF’s nearly $2 million investment in this study and the researchers involved: Major Biomarker Project to Help Identify Cancer Predisposition in NF1 Patients