How the BCA-1 Test works

After exercise cells from the bladder are shed naturally in your urine and the DNA contained in these cells is collected for analysis.

The BCA-1 Test uses an ‘oligonucleotide array’ to analyse the DNA. It shows up genetic alterations (genetic markers) using a colour coding system.

The results are based on the level of genomic alterations observed across all chromosomes as identified by ArrayGenomics’ clinical research to validate the BCA-1 Test. They correlate chromosomal activity with the probability of non muscle-invasive bladder cancer as defined in the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

The BCA-1 Test has been shown in clinical trials to detect the presence of bladder cancer with overall sensitivity of 95%.

The BCA-1 Test also looks in particular at 27 genomic sequences - or markers - which are known to be involved in bladder cancer. These may be useful for your doctor to help plan your treatment.

The BCA-1 Test is the only bladder cancer test to analyse 27 genomic markers covering all known bladder cancers.

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