Trucheck Cancer Detection

Trucheck™: Empowering Early Cancer Detection through Advanced Blood Screening

Can a Blood Test Really Detect Cancer?

At Coyne Medical, we strive to provide our patients with the latest advancements in healthcare technology. In line with our commitment to offering the best screening options, we are excited to introduce Trucheck™, a revolutionary cancer screening blood test developed by Datar Cancer Genetics. Trucheck™ aims to detect cancer at its early stages which can potentially lead to improved outcomes, streamlined treatments, and reduced morbidity. In this blog, we will explore the features, advantages, and considerations associated with Trucheck™, shedding light on why it is a powerful addition to our health screening services.

The Urgency of Early Cancer Diagnosis:

The statistics on cancer are startling. 1 in 2 individuals born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Unfortunately, the majority of cancers (48%) are currently diagnosed at later stages (3 or 4). This often leads to more aggressive treatments and poorer outcomes. Detecting cancer early, specifically at stage 1, can significantly improve survival rates and make treatments more effective. Trucheck™ aims to address this critical need for early diagnosis by leveraging cutting-edge technology and scientific advancements.

Understanding Trucheck™: The Science Behind the Test

Trucheck™ is a cancer-screening blood test. It utilises the concept of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and circulating ensembles of tumour-associated cells (C-ETACs) in blood samples. Through a process known as primary negative enrichment, Trucheck™ selectively allows non-malignant cells to undergo apoptosis (programmed cell death) while enabling the survival of malignant cells. These malignant cells are then analysed using multiplexed fluorescence immunocytochemistry (ICC) to identify tissue-specific markers associated with various different cancer types.

The presence of CTCs alone is not diagnostic of cancer. Instead, a positive Trucheck™ result indicates a high risk of cancer, providing valuable information about the likely type of cancer (e.g., adenocarcinoma) and its potential organ of origin (e.g., lung). A positive result should prompt further tests or referrals, which may involve additional costs and might not be covered by private medical insurance or provided by the NHS until a formal cancer diagnosis is established. False positives, although relatively rare (estimated at 1% to a maximum of 3% in studies), can occur.

The Test Procedure and Pre-Test Consultation:

Detailed information about the Trucheck™ test, including its procedure, can be found on our website making it a valuable resource for patients considering this screening option. To ensure the best possible experience and outcomes, we offer pre-test consultations. During these consultations, we review the patient’s medical history, assess suitability, identify high-risk factors, and address any concerns or questions.

Who Can Benefit from the Trucheck™ Cancer Screening Blood Test?

Trucheck™ is suitable for individuals aged 18 and above who are asymptomatic or have minor symptoms not requiring urgent investigation. It is particularly recommended for patients who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to identify their risk of cancer at an early stage, aiding in timely diagnosis and treatment. The test selection varies based on age and gender, with options such as Trucheck™ Intelli (for over 40 years of age, detecting over 70 tumour types), Trucheck™ Breast (females over 40 years of age), Trucheck™ Prostate (males over 45 years of age), and Trucheck™ Colon (over 40 years of age).

Advantages of Trucheck™:

  1. Early Cancer Detection: Trucheck™ has the ability to detect cancers at an early stage, even before symptoms manifest, leading to better treatment outcomes and improved survival rates.
  2. Comprehensive Screening: Trucheck™ Intelli offers a broad spectrum of detection, encompassing more than 70 types of early-stage cancer within the asymptomatic population.
  3. Sensitivity and Specificity: Trucheck™ demonstrates high sensitivity (e.g., 88.2% for Trucheck™ Intelli) in correctly identifying cancer cases, minimising false negatives, and achieving a specificity of 99% to reduce false positives.
  4. Minimally Invasive: Unlike invasive procedures or radiation-based tests, Trucheck™ involves a simple blood draw, making it a convenient and non-intrusive screening method.
  5. Peace of Mind: Negative Trucheck™ results provide reassurance, indicating a low chance of having an active malignancy.
  6. Targeted Follow-up: Positive results from Trucheck™ allow for fast-tracked and targeted follow-up, utilising imaging, biopsy, or other confirmatory methods, minimising unnecessary medical procedures and exposure.
  7. Comparative Advantage: Trucheck™ outperforms other cancer screening tests in terms of false positive rates, surpassing tests such as PSA testing, FIT testing, and mammograms. However, all of these tests are still an important part of screening for cancer. 

Considerations and Limitations:

While Trucheck™ offers significant advantages, it is essential to consider certain factors:

  1. Emotional Impact: The anticipation of results, as well as false positive or indeterminate outcomes, can lead to temporary anxiety for individuals and their families.
  2. Unproven Survival Impact: Although Trucheck™ aids in early diagnosis, further research is needed to demonstrate its impact on long-term survival rates.
  3. Complementary, Not Replacing Standard Screening: Trucheck™ does not replace conventional cancer screening methods, such as mammograms, colon cancer screening, lung cancer screening CT scans, and cervical screening. It is designed to complement these existing tests.
  4. Specific Cancer Types: Trucheck™ focuses on solid organ malignancies and cannot detect blood or lymphatic system cancers.
  5. Coverage and Costs: Trucheck™ may not be currently covered by healthcare insurance, and the costs associated with the test are privately funded by individuals. Additionally, following a positive result, further diagnostic procedures may require self-payment before a formal cancer diagnosis is established.

With cancer being a prevalent and life-altering disease, the importance of early detection cannot be overstated. Trucheck™ provides a groundbreaking opportunity for individuals to proactively assess their risk of cancer and enable timely interventions. While acknowledging its limitations, Trucheck™ offers unparalleled advantages, including early cancer detection, comprehensiveness, convenience, and high sensitivity. At Coyne Medical, we believe Trucheck™ is a vital addition to our health screening services, empowering our patients to take control of their well-being and potentially improve their cancer outcomes and healthspan.

It is really important to emphasise that Trucheck™ should be utilised alongside routine healthcare and standard cancer screening tests, ensuring comprehensive and holistic health monitoring. To learn more about Trucheck™ and its suitability for you, we encourage you to reach out to our expert medical professionals at Coyne Medical.