Chip Detects Cancer Hormone

October 8, 2009

The Wall Street Journal

Estrogen fuels breast cancer, yet doctors can't measure how much of the hormone is in a woman's breast without cutting into it. A Canadian device may change that: a lab-on-a-chip that can do the work quickly with just the poke of a small needle.

Several years of study are needed before the experimental device could hit doctors' offices, but the research published Wednesday opens the tantalizing possibility of easy, routine monitoring of various hormones. Doctors could use it to see if breast-cancer therapy is working, tell who's at high risk, or for other problems, such as infertility— maybe even prostate cancer... Read More