OSNA, a molecular assay for accurate detection of lymph node metastases, is now available for lung cancer!
Sysmex announces the extension of the CE-mark for this new cancer application. Besides lung cancer, OSNA (One-Step Nucleic acid Amplification) is also widely used in breast, colon and gastric cancer.
Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer with 1.8 million deaths worldwide and a survival rate of only 19% at five years after diagnosis. One main reason for this high mortality rate is the difficulty in detecting lung cancer in early stages. Fortunately, screening programmes are emerging that help diagnose patients sooner, which can lead to earlier therapy and potentially improve survival. At present, even if patients are diagnosed at an operable stage, up to 30% face recurrence after surgery. This is in part due to occult metastases in the lymph nodes that are missed by standard histology, which analyses only a small portion of the node.
Sysmex is excited to offer a fast, molecular whole-node analysis for lung cancer with OSNA. It provides nodal staging and prognosis accuracy as well as an improved basis for personalised intra- and post-operative treatment decisions.
The clinical trend is moving toward the de-escalation of surgical treatment in suited patients. Ongoing evaluations with OSNA are assessing the feasibility of intra-operative lymph node analysis to potentially reduce surgical radicality. Consequently, this would lead to improving patient quality of life and reducing associated morbidities, such as poor pulmonary and cardiac function.
OSNA for lung cancer will be officially launched on 20 December 2019. For more information about OSNA, visit www.sysmex-europe.com/osna.
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