ANGLE PLC’s (LON:AGL, OTCQX:ANPCY) collaboration with Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) has shown the company’s Parsortix system is useful in detecting and predicting the spread of prostate cancer.
The new results, presented at the World CDx Europe conference in London, suggest that using Parsortix in combination with existing assessment methods is potentially more effective than the current approach.
Metastasis, the spread of cancer to another part of the body, is responsible for over 90% of cancer-related deaths.
So, a key issue in the treatment of prostate cancer is to determine whether the cancer has been contained or whether it is continuing to progress to metastasis. In the latter case, the earlier treatment can be deployed the better.
The gold standard for detecting metastasis is imaging.
However, this cannot be predictive as it is imaging metastatic sites that have already developed.
With Parsortix it may be possible to improve the prediction of the likely development of metastasis early and/or to identify the presence of metastasis before it can be seen by imaging technologies.
This would benefit patients by allowing early treatment and by reducing harmful exposure to radioactive imaging.
"This is another significant milestone in progressing the development of Parsortix for the treatment of prostate cancer,” said ANGLE founder Andrew Newland.
“The new results further support the expansion of the potential clinical application to include both early and late stage prostate cancer."