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Multiple biomarkers in molecular oncology. II. Molecular diagnostics applications in breast cancer management.

Authors
  • Malinowski, Douglas P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
May 01, 2007
Volume
7
Issue
3
Pages
269–280
Identifiers
PMID: 17489734
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In recent years, the application of genomic and proteomic technologies to the problem of breast cancer prognosis and the prediction of therapy response have begun to yield encouraging results. Independent studies employing transcriptional profiling of primary breast cancer specimens using DNA microarrays have identified gene expression profiles that correlate with clinical outcome in primary breast biopsy specimens. Recent advances in microarray technology have demonstrated reproducibility, making clinical applications more achievable. In this regard, one such DNA microarray device based upon a 70-gene expression signature was recently cleared by the US FDA for application to breast cancer prognosis. These DNA microarrays often employ at least 70 gene targets for transcriptional profiling and prognostic assessment in breast cancer. The use of PCR-based methods utilizing a small subset of genes has recently demonstrated the ability to predict the clinical outcome in early-stage breast cancer. Furthermore, protein-based immunohistochemistry methods have progressed from using gene clusters and gene expression profiling to smaller subsets of expressed proteins to predict prognosis in early-stage breast cancer. Beyond prognostic applications, DNA microarray-based transcriptional profiling has demonstrated the ability to predict response to chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer patients. In this review, recent advances in the use of multiple markers for prognosis of disease recurrence in early-stage breast cancer and the prediction of therapy response will be discussed.

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