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Survival in metastatic breast cancer directly linked to circulating tumor cells
Date:5/6/2010

or cells probably does not adequately represent the complexity of this prognostic variable," Dr Giordano said. "Artificial neural networks are sophisticated techniques for analyzing survival of patients according to continuous variables over time."

Translated to clinical practice, these results suggest that monitoring of circulating tumor cell numbers should now be considered a standard test for patients with metastatic breast cancer, Dr Giordano said.

"While the treatment of this condition remains palliative, monitoring of circulating tumor cells can help determine when to modify regimens or discontinue therapy, in other words, this can improve the delivery of personalized therapy."


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