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Early Adopter of INFORM HER2 Dual ISH Assay Optimistic About Impact on Patient Care, Hospital Bottom Line
Date:9/12/2011

TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- University Medical Center in Tucson (UMC) is validating the VENTANA INFORM HER2 Dual ISH DNA Probe cocktail assay (HER2 Dual ISH) on the BenchMark XT automated slide staining instrument to help determine HER2 gene status in breast cancer patients in an effort to change the paradigm for targeted treatment therapies. The assay, developed by Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche group, is the first fully automated assay approved by the FDA for determination of HER2 gene status in breast cancer as an aid in the assessment of patients considered for treatment with Herceptin (trastuzumab).  

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"We believe HER2 Dual ISH will be critical in dictating therapy and diagnostic decisions," said Dr. Jennifer Thorn, molecular pathologist and assistant professor of pathology at UMC and a member of the team validating HER2 Dual ISH. "We'll see turnaround time for test results shortened from four to seven days when outsourced to a different lab, to 48 to 72 hours when conducted here in our own lab. This means quicker diagnosis and therapeutic decisions, and better overall patient care."

For breast cancer patients, waiting days or even weeks for accurate test results can feel like an eternity. Clinicians and patients agree that a rapid, accurate diagnosis that enables them to move forward with a targeted treatment plan is critical. The VENTANA HER2 Dual ISH assay provides complete, walk-away automation on the VENTANA BenchMark XT instrument, transforming the diagnostic process and dramatically reducing the turnaround time for accurate results. Today, many labs rely on fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH)
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