We at Huber Personalized Medicine are proud to be one of the first practices in the country to offer this revolutionary new cancer screening tool. In June of 2021 a brand test was unveiled that holds the promise of early cancer detection. The “Galleri” test (by the Grail Co.) is a simple blood draw that can detect 50 different types of cancer. This cutting-edge technology allows for the EARLY detection of over fifty different types of cancer before it would otherwise be found.
The sad truth is our current medical community only screens for 5 types of cancer: breast, prostate, colorectal, cervical and lung. The remaining other 45 cancers that we don't screen for result in 71% of all cancer deaths. The problem is we don’t detect these cancers until it is too late and they have likely spread. Catching any cancer in the early stages increases the odds of a successful outcome 4 fold. Yes, nearly 80% success when cancer is caught early versus only 20% chance of a good outcome it has spread or metastasized. Galleri changes this paradigm.
How does it work? A simple blood draw will examine your cells for genetic changes that happen to the DNA when a normal cell turns to cancer. When a cancer cell finishes its lifespan, it releases this abnormal DNA into the blood stream. “Cell-free DNA” is then isolated by the Galleri test for identification. Galleri detects the actual presence of cancer; not simply the risk for cancer. If the test identifies cancer, further scans, biopsies, and other procedures will be necessary to confirm and then stage the cancer.
This test is highly specific, having a less-than 1% false positive detection rate. So, this means that in rare occasions the test will suggest the presence of a particular cancer, but we won’t be able to find it on further testing. This still affords you the opportunity to make change and begin your attack through integrative approaches. More on that topic elsewhere on this site.
At this time it is a cash-only test ($949) so if it fits in your budget I recommend the Galleri test for adults aged 50 or older or for younger individuals with a higher-than-usual risk of cancer. The Galleri test is intended to be used in addition to, but not replace, other cancer screening tests that are currently recommended. The Galleri test is an optional part of your wellness journey. I view this test almost like an insurance policy. You are investing in early detection to avoid unfortunate surprises down the road. When cancer is found early it is highly treatable with success rate beyond 80%., When cancer is found late with metastasis the outcome is all to frequently bleak at best.
We hope you share our enthusiasm for this unique and innovative screening test for cancer. It promises to offer innovative, safe, and effective technology that can transform cancer screening and cancer care. Please visit the Galleri website (www.galleri.com) to review frequently asked questions and view the brief animated video: What is the Galleri Test.
If you are interested in pursuing this test for yourself or a family member then reach out to us and schedule a simple blood draw. We have many integrative tools to make cancer far less scary and put you in control.