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Journal of Clinical Oncology Article Highlights CellSearch(TM) Circulating Tumor Cell Test in Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Date:7/24/2008

nt survival any time during therapy through its ability to locate minute numbers of circulating tumor cells in the approximately 40 billion cells contained in a 7.5 ml sample of blood - an achievement never before documented in any diagnostic tool.

"Clinical studies continue to validate the significance of circulating tumor cells in treating patients with metastatic breast, colorectal or prostate cancer," said Robert McCormack, Ph.D., Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Veridex. "This study demonstrates the clinical value of circulating tumor cells in predicting progression-free and overall survival rates."

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer claims approximately 55,000 lives each year, the vast majority of which are a result of recurrent metastatic disease. Metastatic colorectal cancer occurs when tumor cells spread to other locations in the body and grow. Although there are several options for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer, oncologists often have to wait several months before they can determine if a specific treatment is beneficial to the patient.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first cleared The CellSearch(TM) System in January 2004 as a diagnostic tool for identifying and counting CTCs in a blood sample to predict progression-free survival and overall survival in patients with metastatic breast cancer. The FDA has since granted expanded clearance for the CellSearch(TM) System as an aid in monitoring metastatic colorectal and metastatic prostate cancer patients.

*Dr. S. Cohen is a paid consultant for Veridex, LLC.

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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
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