Getting FIT in Nottingham
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUHT) is continuing a long and distinguished history of scientific and service enhancements in the field for colorectal cancer, by offering an accredited reference service for FIT in symptomatic patients.
Royal Preston Hospital Adopts the OC-Sensor Faecal Immunochemical Test
The Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire, has adopted OC-Sensor Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) into their Clinical Pathology services to provide a fast, accurate method for the diagnosis of colorectal diseases.
FIT Around The World
Increased uptake rates for OC-Sensor in Spain:
Basque country recently presented a poster, displaying exceptional uptake rates in the 4th consecutive round of screening; at the 2017 International Cancer Screening Network (ICSN). The poster demonstrates an overall increase in participation of men from 63.7% to 71.9% and 69.1% to 76% in women, from the 1st round to the 4th round, respectively. The importance of the first participation is demonstrated as key to the successive increase in uptake from 66.5% to 74.1%.
Cutting edge development
Eiken Chemical Co. is proud to announce the release of new V-PH59 LV3 Liquid Control for the OC-Sensor platform. V-PH59 complements the existing range of ready to use, liquid controls and calibrators by increasing confidence at low faecal haemoglobin concentrations often experienced in symptomatic populations.
The addition of V-PH59 means that OC-Sensor is the only platform to provide additional control points for laboratories adopting FIT as part of NG12 guidelines at the recommended cut off of 10µg/g.
NG12 – OC Sensor shown to be cost effective
The recent publication of the NICE Diagnostics guidance reported that OC Sensor is cost effective in the NG12 pathway when compared to other FIT, guaiac and no triage models.
Testing for colorectal cancer: A focus on FIT technology
Approximately 41,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) in the UK each year, and over 90% of cases are treated successfully following early detection. However, to selectively refer those patients with suspected CRC in a primary care setting remains immensely challenging. The recent revision of the NICE (NG12) ‘red flag’ criteria for the two-week wait aims to increase the CRC detection rate.
NICE Health Technology Assessment
28th October 2016: Following the release of the revised NG12 Urgent cancer referral pathway in 2015, NICE have selected OC Sensor as the subject of a Health Technology Assessment for the use of FIT in patients at low risk of CRC in a primary care setting. Due for publication early in 2017.
FIT Pilot Study
24th October 2016: In 2014, the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) in England ran a pilot study to assess the operational and financial implications of using Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) for haemoglobin detection rather than Guaiac Faecal Occult Blood Testing (gFOBT). The results demonstrated very good correlation between the four OC-Sensor DIANA analysers used, and sets a benchmark for such analysers in a screening programme.
OC Sensor and MAST FITpac demonstrate outstanding results in a pilot studies
24th October 2016: The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) in England has used a guaiac-based Faecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBT) since its inception in 2006. Through the pilot study to assess the implications of adopting FIT in England, OC-Sensor and Mast® FITpac demonstrated outstanding results. The participation rate increased by 7%, with the most significant increases being observed in patient quintiles that are considered 'hard to reach'.
New Support Facility
24th October 2016: Mast® have opened a new training and support facility at their head office in Merseyside. The facility allows support for all partners through a managed technical support line and remote support via the N3 network.
Instrument and product support are paramount in ensuring a reliable service for Bowel Cancer Screening programmes. Mast® promote and support the OC Sensor platform in 10 countries throughout Europe and have established Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor and adapt the service for partners' needs, be they large national screening programmes or local laboratories.
Instrument Support Team Expansion
24th October 2016: Mast® have expanded the UK based instrument support by welcoming Rebecca Broughton and Jason Edwards to our team of IT and product specialists. Mast® aim to provide the service and support deserved by our customers. Rebecca and Jason are able to support customers in the laboratories and will be key to innovation by taking the time to understand how our products are used and the day to day pressures placed upon our partners.