RGCC’s objective is to equip patients and clinicians with the most robust, reliable and accurate information about cancer so they can choose the treatments that will work best.
Our range of tests and therapies is designed to discover, analyse and screen cancer cells at every step of the disease, and to provide vital information that can help clinicians to identify the best, and most effective, cancer treatments and therapies.
We have tests that determine the cancer load, how much cancer is in the body and the risk of the cancer spreading or returning. We have tests to monitor a patient’s progress, tell us if a certain type of chemotherapy or natural substance can kill their specific cancer cells, and determine whether late-stage therapies like vaccines or immune therapies will be effective.
The types of tests we offer fall into two categories: liquid biopsies and circulating tumour cell tests.
Our liquid biopsy is a non-invasive blood test that requires no surgical intervention. It can detect circulating tumour cells and circulating free DNA in the blood. This has the potential to identify and diagnose certain forms of cancer, and can also be used to monitor a cancer’s progression.
As the name suggests, our circulating tumour cell (CTC) tests detect CTCs in the blood or lymph. CTCs are cells that have detached from the original tumour and passed into the blood, the lymph system, or another part of the body, with the potential to create a second tumour.
Researchers have made significant progress in detecting and isolating these cells, but circulating tumour cells tests are not yet 100% accurate. Studies have found that in people with certain types of cancer – of the breast, prostate, pancreas, colon and skin – our test is 87% sensitive and 83% specific for circulating tumour cells (Papasotiriou I. et al, 2015). This means that our test will correctly return a positive result for 87% of the time, and will correctly return a negative result 83% of the time.
To find out more about the full range of RGCC tests and therapies, please visit the Tests & Therapies pages.