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The HER2 (official gene name ERBB2) proto-oncogene encodes a membrane receptor with tyrosine kinase activity and homology to the epidermal growth factor receptor.
Amplification and overexpression of the HER2 gene have been associated with a shorter disease-free survival and shorter overall survival in gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancers, as well as breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer.(1,2)
Determining overexpression of HER2 protein of gastric and esophageal adenocarcinoma in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections
Results are reported as positive (3+ HER2 protein expression), equivocal (2+), or negative (0 or 1+).
Equivocal (2+) cases will automatically reflex to H2GEF / HER2 Amplification Associated with Gastroesophageal Cancer, FISH, Tissue at an additional charge.
The performance and quality of immunohistochemical stains in 10% neutral buffered formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue depends on proper fixation. It is recommended (not required) for surgical specimens to be fixed between 18 and 24 hours and biopsy specimens between 6 and 8 hours.
Reported as negative (0, 1+), equivocal (2+), and positive (3+)
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2. Gravalos C, Jimeno A: HER2 in gastric cancer: a new prognostic factor and a novel therapeutic target. Ann Oncol 2008 Sep;19(9):1523-1529
3. Meza-Junco J, Au HJ, Sawyer MB: Transtuzumab for gastric cancer. Expert Opin Biol Ther 2009;9(12):1543-1551