Cancer chip

A lab-on-chip system that incorporates complex sample preparation steps and multiplexed detection is being implemented for fast breast cancer detection and therapy by researchers at Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) in and Institüt für Mikrotechnik Mainz, Germany. The components of the device are ripe for further miniaturization and integration into a single platform device ready for imminent clinical trials in Oslo, Norway. The chip will offer doctors a way to carry out circulating tumor diagnostics in breast cancer patients undergoing early or advanced phase during therapy and be able to detect even just 2 to 3 tumor cells in a 5 ml blood sample.