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New genomic test spares patients chemotherapy with no adverse effect on survival
Date:3/22/2012

enhance the availability of the test considerably. The researchers now intend to study two further genomic tests to see whether they can further refine prognosis in the same group of breast cancer patients.

"We will also assess further the cost-effectiveness of the 70-gene signature in comparison with the standard guidelines used to decide whether or not to give adjuvant chemotherapy. We believe that our results already show that the use of genomic tests is feasible and effective in clinical practice, and can help in decision-making," Dr. Linn will conclude.

Professor David Cameron, from the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK) and chair of EBCC-8 said: "There is great interest in being able to tell a woman that she does not need chemotherapy because her chances of surviving breast cancer are not improved by being given it. There are several potential tests to help clinicians and patients make this decision, and the one discussed here has always looked promising, but previously needed a snap frozen tumour sample which was not available for every patient. That this is no longer necessary is an important step forward for patients."


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Contact: Mary Rice
mary.rice@riceconseil.eu
ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation
Source:Eurekalert

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