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Circulating Tumor Cells and the CellSearch Assay


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Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC)

Slide 12

April 2011

In 2010, an estimated 209,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the United States and approximately 40,000 deaths from this disease. Of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer, 5% of patients will have metastatic breast cancer at diagnosis, and another 30% will ultimately develop metastatic disease. With these numbers, it is easy to see how an assay that could monitor the metastatic process would be very useful.

Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC)


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