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Br J Cancer. 1993 Mar;67(3):625-9.

Prognostic significance of c-erbB-2 expression in node negative breast cancer.

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University Institute of Anatomia e Istologia Patologica, Florence, Italy.


The prognostic value of c-erbB-2 oncogene expression was studied retrospectively in a consecutive series of 230 node negative breast cancers, followed-up for at least 7 years after primary treatment. The expression of c-erbB-2 oncoprotein was determined on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, using a monoclonal anti-c-erbB-2 antibody by the avidin-biotin immunoperoxidase method. Positive immunostaining was observed in 20.9% of cases, whereas strong diffuse positivity was recorded only in 8.7% of cases. C-erbB-2 gene product showed no association to T category or nuclear grade. A significant association of c-erbB-2 expression to prognosis was observed only for cases showing a strong diffuse immunostaining, but such an association was no longer statistically significant at multivariate analysis adjusting for other prognostic factors such as T category and nuclear grading. C-erbB-2 expression is of no value to predict the clinical course of node negative patients in the current practice.

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