VolitionRx Limited (NYSEAMERICAN:VNRX) will present a pair of abstracts with study data about its Nu.Q Vet Cancer Screening Test at the 2020 Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) Virtual Annual Conference.
The abstracts cover Nu.Q’s ability to detect lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma, two common canine cancers, in studies carried out at Texas A&M University.
The lymphoma presentation is scheduled for 1:30 pm ET on Friday, and the hemangiosarcoma presentation is scheduled for 11:15 am ET on Saturday. Registration for the conference can be done here.
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Currently, dogs suspected of having cancer are often required to undergo multiple diagnostic tests that can be expensive, time consuming and/or painful to the dog, the company said. Conversely, Nu.Q only needs a single blood sample and measures circulating nucleosomes, which are considered an early marker of cancer.
The Texas A&M studies examined 334 blood samples from dogs of varying breed, gender, weight, age and cancer stage. Of these, 134 were health control samples, 134 had lymphoma and 73 had hemangiosarcoma.
"The data demonstrate that the Nu.Q Vet Cancer Screening Test has a high sensitivity and specificity in relation to both Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma detection in a large and varied cohort," said Heather Wilson-Robles, chief medical officer of Volition Veterinary Diagnostics Development LLC, and president-elect of VCS. "The results show an Area Under the Curve (AUC) of 87.3% and 97.6%, respectively, for Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma.
Cancer is the most common cause of death among dogs over the age of two and up to half of all drops over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point in their life, the company said. Lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma make up roughly one-third of canine cancers.
"These positive findings provide us with real confidence as we move forward towards the launch of our first product, the Nu.Q Vet Cancer Screening Test, anticipated in the coming weeks,” Wilson-Robles said. “Early diagnosis has a huge potential to help improve the treatment and the quality of life for dogs as well as providing valuable additional information to inform the clinical decision-making process."
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