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Predictive values

Lost in positive space by Wanja Krah Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

When you are looking at the results of a test, trying to make a diagnosis, you really want to know whether the positive or negative test result you are looking at, is likely to be true or not. 43 more words


Researchers identify tests to diagnose invasive aspergillosis with 100 percent accuracy

(Elsevier Health Sciences 13 August 2014) The fungal infection invasive aspergillosis can be life threatening, especially in patients whose immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs. 59 more words


FDA Approves First DNA-Based Test For Colon Cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patient DNA to help spot potentially deadly… 119 more words


NIH and Italian scientists develop nasal test for human prion disease

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 6 August 2014) A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a study by National Institutes of Health scientists and their Italian colleagues. 10 more words

Clinical Pathology

Sensitivity and specificity

Cat Eyes (#30793) by mark sebastian Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

If you are reading about diagnostic tests you will often come across the terms sensitivity and specificity which are a measure of the performance of the test given a particular interpretation (cut-off). 115 more words


Another busy week...

I suppose I’ll have to get used to the endless visits to the hospital. I’m only hoping that the number of appointments per week will drop slightly once my treatment plan is in place. 395 more words

Breast Cancer

Catching a break

My CT results came back today. My hematologist called me from a private number on a Sunday morning to share the results with me.

The good news is that the scan revelead that there are no additional tumors in either of my breasts, so that’s indicative that the cancer hasn’t metastasized. 186 more words

Breast Cancer