Flitwick Surgery Patients participate in ground breaking study

A ground breaking study in which Flitwick Surgery patient’s participated has helped prove a new, more effective method for early identification of esophageal cancer.

The study trialled a Cytosponge ‘pill on a string’ and has found the method is ten times more effective than the standard endoscopy diagnostic route. The Cytosponge test involves a small pill with a thread attached that the patient swallows, which expands into a small sponge when it reaches the stomach. This is quickly pulled back up the throat by a nurse, collecting cells from the oesophagus for analysis. The study, led by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald at the University of Cambridge, has now been published. Read more here.