Unusual DNA | Liver Cancer | Prenatal Blood Tests, Cancer Information Highlights, 05/24/2023

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Cancer Information Highlights
From the National Cancer Institute
Updating you about cancer causes, prevention, screening, treatment, coping, and more
New from NCI
Cancer and an Unusual Form of DNA
a scanning electron micrograph showing chromosomes with ecDNA scattered around them   A new study brings researchers a step closer to understanding the role a form of DNA called extrachromosomal DNA can play in cancer. Read about how this DNA can affect the growth of esophageal cancer.
Using a Blood Test to Find Liver Cancer
drawing of a test tube of blood with a blow-up view of DNA   Researchers are developing a blood test that may accurately find liver cancer, even in people with early stages of the disease. Learn about this early study, which uses a new type of technology called fragmentomics.
When Prenatal DNA Tests Point to Cancer
pregnant person lies on an exam table while receiving an ultrasound   An NIH-led study called IDENTIFY is studying what happens when prenatal blood tests in a pregnant person suggest the person may have cancer. Learn about the study and who is eligible to enroll.

PDQ Updates
Small Intestine Cancer Treatment

The small intestine helps break down food and absorb nutrients and water from food so they can be used by the body. Cancer in this organ is rare. Learn about the risk factors and symptoms of small intestine cancer and how it is diagnosed and treated.
Also of Interest
How Cancer Affects Your Self-Image and Sexuality

Cancer can affect your body image and sex life. Learn ways to manage the changes that may come.
Contact Us for Help

Information specialists at NCI’s Cancer Information Service (CIS), NCI's contact center, are available to help answer your cancer-related questions in English and Spanish. Reach us by phone, chat, or email.