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Siemens Blood Test May Help In Monitoring Breast Cancer Patients

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Siemens Healthcare announced that data from a new study published in the American Cancer Society journal Cancer, supports using the Siemens Serum HER-2/neu test to monitor patients with an aggressive type of metastatic breast cancer. This non-invasive blood test can be used to help monitor the widely-used Herceptin therapy.

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Metastatic cancer is an advanced stage of cancer that has spread to one or more sites throughout the body. As recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), clinicians should determine if a metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patient carries a protein called HER-2/neu, which is associated with an aggressive type of cancer that responds less favorably to treatment. Studies now document that greater than 50% of metastatic breast cancer patients can have HER-2/neu positive tumors. It is important to identify these patients because they may benefit from Herceptin therapy, which specifically targets this aggressive type of cancer.

Historically, there have been few tools available to monitor the effectiveness of Herceptin therapy, making it difficult to determine if a patient's therapy should be altered. In addition to the new study published in Cancer, there are other published studies(1-2) supporting the use of Siemens' Serum HER-2/neu test for monitoring MBC patients and their response to therapy.

"This particular study is important because it offers additional evidence of the importance of monitoring therapy for an aggressive type of breast cancer," noted Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Donal Quinn. "Breast cancer is the most frequent type of cancer diagnosed in women, causing over 548,000 deaths worldwide each year. It is a priority to our company to help clinicians understand their options to monitor and treat breast cancer patients, with the goal to increase survival rates of the thousands of women fighting this battle."