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Blood test may identify lung cancer patients likely to respond to erlotinib
Date:4/30/2010

e copy number, in which tumor tissue samples are directly studied under a microscope.

"FISH overall was a better predictor of benefit, but can only be done with adequate biopsy tissue, which was available in this study only in 22% of patients. With the serum test, 99% of patients had a successful determination of proteomic status."

"Thus, I think this test may be of potential value in identifying a subgroup of patients with a good prognosis and who are likely to have response to erlotinib; it may be of particular value for those in whom tumor tissue is inadequate or unavailable," Prof Carbone said.


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