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Blood cancer test showing promise

NEW YORK, NY (NBC) -

An experimental blood test is showing promise in the fight against cancer.

Researchers are testing what they call a 'liquid biopsy' that looks for fragments of cancer in a patient's blood.

The test was able to predict recurrences of lymphoma more than three months before they showed up on CT scans.

It also identified patients who were unlikely to respond to chemotherapy.

More studies are needed, but experts say the test could one day be used for very early diagnosis of cancer.

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