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Title: An evaluation of immunoreactivity for c-erbB-2 protein as a marker of poor short-term prognosis in breast cancer
Authors: Walker, R. A.
Gullick, W. J.
Varley, J. M.
First Published: Sep-1989
Publisher: Cancer Research UK, Nature Publishing Group
Citation: British Journal of Cancer (1989) 60, 426–429.
Abstract: Eighty-five breast carcinomas from the same number of patients have been assessed immunohistochemically using the antiserum 21N for the presence of the c-erbB-2 protein. Twenty-two of the patients had evidence of advanced disease (tumour fixation or distant metastases) at presentation. Follow-up was for a median of 24 months. c-erbB-2 protein was detected in the majority of cells in 14 (16.5%) carcinomas, and to a lesser extent in a further six (7%) tumours. There was no relationship between staining and stage, node status or size but more poorly differentiated carcinomas had evidence of staining (36%) than well (17%) or moderately (14%) differentiated carcinomas (P = 0.02). There was a significant association between staining and mortality (P = 0.009) and recurrence (P = 0.0002). The relative risk of death for staining compared to no staining (after adjusting for node status, stage and grade) was 2.97 (95% confidence interval 1.29, 6.84) and the relative risk of recurrence for staining compared to no staining after similar adjustment was 3.85 (95% confidence interval 1.86-7.97). In this particular group of patients immunoreactivity for c-erbB-2 protein is an independent indicator of poor short-term prognosis.
DOI Link: 10.1038/bjc.1989.299
ISSN: 0007-0920
eISSN: 1532-1827
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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