Hello, my name is Thomas Nelson, and I want to welcome you to my blog about clinical flow cytometry. If you have never heard of it, don’t feel bad. Most people haven’t. However, if you or a loved one has been affected by cancer, then clinical flow cytometry is a term that might sound familiar to you.
What is clinical flow cytometry? Well, let me first provide an explanation of what flow cytometry is. Flow cytometry is a method that delivers fast analysis of characteristics of a single cell using light. This is important in the clinical setting because researchers can swiftly profile a huge number of cells in a liquid, including blood.
What does this mean in layman terms? Flow cytometry can examine your blood or bone marrow to determine if a high white blood cell count is due to blood cancer, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Not only does flow cytometry measure the number of cells, it also determines cell shapes and sizes. When it comes to clinical flow cytometry, this method can help to categorize cell types so your medical professional can come up with the best treatment plan for you. Flow cytometry helps to determine if residual cancer cells are left after treatment, meaning treatment can be started sooner if you go into relapse.
I understand this is not a happy topic, but for individuals who have been diagnose with cancer, every bit of information on what is available as far as tests and treatment is a positive. My purpose for this blog is to provide as much information as possible on what developments have been made in flow cytometry and anything else that has to do with cells, plasma, and research. If I find another topic that I feel is important in the realm of medicine, I will write an article on it as well. If you have an idea that you would like to see on my blog, just drop me a note. Thanks again for stopping by!