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Monitoring Circulating Tumor Cells With the CellSearch(R) System Can Predict Prognosis in Metastatic Breast Cancer
Date:7/13/2009

instances of patients with less than five CTCs at midtherapy. Midtherapy CTC levels remained significant in a multivariate analysis (p=.004). These results suggest a higher and independent predictive value of CTCs compared with FDG-PET/CT among patients with a CTC count of five or more. In addition, there was a strong correlation between complete response and the absence of significant levels of CTCs (median CTC level zero).

* Dr. Cristofanilli is a principal investigator for a CellSearch(R) validation study and received honoraria from Veridex, LLC.

About CellSearch(R)

The CellSearch(R) test works by using antibodies that are joined to microscopic iron particles, called ferrofluid. These antibody/ferrofluid combinations attach very specifically to CTCs. Powerful magnets then draw the CTCs out of the blood sample and they are then stained with additional bio-molecules and chemicals so that they can be positively identified as CTCs.

CellSearch(R) test results should be used in conjunction with all clinical information derived from diagnostic tests (e.g., imaging, laboratory tests), physical examination and complete medical history in accordance with appropriate patient management procedures. For further information on intended use, warnings and limitations, please refer to the CellSearch(R) CTC Test Instructions for Use, or visit www.veridex.com.

About Veridex, LLC

Veridex, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, is an organization dedicated to providing physicians with high-value in vitro diagnostic oncology products. Veridex's products may significantly benefit patients through earlier disease detection and may enable personalized strategies to help improve patient management and outcomes. For more information, visit www.veridex.com.

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