Technology May Detect Cancer 2 1/2 Years Earlier than Available Methods

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 7:07am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) – On March 1, 2011 the Wall Street Journal published a lead article on page D1 entitled “Researchers Create Better Ways To Spot Cancer Cells”, which described the research by Dr. Edward R. Flynn, of Senior Scientific LLC. The article was authored by Shirley S. Wang.

The WSJ article notes that Dr. Flynn’s early detection technology can “potentially identify cancer cells more reliably and earlier than available methods.” The paper quoted Dr. Flynn’s belief that his technique appears to be much more sensitive than current methods and eliminates fear of radiation. Management added that the discomfort experienced with mammograms is also eliminated with Dr. Flynn's technology.

Current methods (Mammography) enable the detection of breast cancer only after tumors have reached 100 million malignant cells, whereas Dr.Flynn stated that his technology will see a breast cancer tumor with only 50,000 cells resulting in an estimated 2-1/2 year’s earlier detection. The article described Dr. Flynn’s technology, which involves the magnetic measurement of nanoparticles specifically targeted to cancer cells enabling disease detection far earlier than present day science.

The WSJ stated, "Dr. Flynn and his colleagues are working with nanoparticles to detect breast-cancer cells. The technique involves attaching nanoparticles of iron oxide to certain antibodies, which are then injected into the patient. If a tumor is present, the antibodies, with the nanoparticles in tow, naturally recognize and bind to the HER-2 receptor of breast-cancer cells."

Flynn's breakthrough work in cancer has been funded by 9 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over an eight year period. His work is based upon experiments on human cancers on mice models. For more details please see: and


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