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Tumori. 1990 Aug 31;76(4):360-4.

Is tissue polypeptide antigen still a useful tumor marker in breast carcinoma? Comparison with CA15.3 and MCA.

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  • 1Division of Radiotherapy, General Regional Hospital, Venice, Italy.


Serum levels of tissue polypeptide antigen (TPA) are related to the proliferative activity and to the mass of the malignancy, differently from any other available tumor marker. We therefore evaluated TPA in comparison with CA15.3 and MCA (mucinous-like carcinoma-associated antigen) in patients with primary breast cancer. TPA was measured in tumor cytosol and in serum. Cytosol and serum TPA levels were not significantly correlated. Serum TPA was higher in patients with locally more advanced disease and in receptor-negative cases. The relation between TPA and disease spread was not directly dependent on tumor bulk, whereas CA15.3 and MCA were highly correlated to the number of positive lymph nodes and tumor size. No correlations were found between TPA and CA15.3 or MCA, and the positivity concordance rate between TPA and CA15.3 or MCA was very low. Patients with higher TPA serum levels showed a worse prognosis in cases with and in those without axillary metastases. From our data we conclude that TPA provides information different from that obtained with breast-specific tumor markers and could therefore be useful in association with CA15.3 and/or MCA in the management of patients with breast cancer.

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