Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot, a professor of cell biology and oncology at the Faculty of Medicine Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris, is searching for a solution to eradicate cancer.
In her laboratory, she works on circulating tumor cells, which circulate in the blood years before metastasis appear. In 2005, ISET (Isolation by Size of Tumor cells) an ultra-sensitive medical devise was developed. It detects a tumor cell in ten milliliters of blood from five billion red blood cells and one hundred million white blood cells.
In Nice, patients at risk were followed for six years. Through the test, tumor cells were detected in the blood of five of them before the cancer was detected by radiology.
Today, the test is finally marketed. Invoiced 486 €, it is not yet reimbursed by the Social Security. Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot is now seeking funding to be able to determine which organ the diseased cells come from and thus gain time.