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ERBB2 FISH study

Monday 28 November 2011

ASCO/CAP criteria

The novel ASCO/CAP criteria for assessing immunohistochemical results in HER 2 testing reduce the false positive rate of HER2.

First-line testing with immunohistochemistry may obscure false positive and false negative test results.

In heterogeneous carcinomas even fluorescence in situ hybridization may not succeed in a correct evaluation of HER2.

HER2-overexpressed/amplified breast carcinomas

Accurate assessment of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) of invasive breast cancer is essential to treatment decisions since the advent of targeted therapy with the humanized monoclonal antibody trastuzumab and the dual tyrosine kinase inhibitor lapatinib.

In the literature, the percentage of HER2-overexpressed/amplified breast carcinomas range from 3% to 30%.

The HER2 positivity rate may be as low as 9%.


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