High-throughput genomic technology in research and clinical management of breast cancer. Exploiting the potential of gene expression profiling: is it ready for the clinic?

Andrew H Sims, Kai Ren Ong, Robert B Clarke, Anthony Howell

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Abstract

Gene expression profiling is a relatively new technology for the study of breast cancers, but within the past few years there has been a rapid rise in interest in its potential to improve the clinical management of breast cancer. This technology has contributed to our knowledge of the molecular pathology of breast tumours and shows promise as a tool to predict response to therapy and outcome, such as risk of metastasis. Microarray technology is continually developing and it is becoming apparent that, despite the various platforms available, robust conclusions can still be drawn that apply across the different array types. Gene expression profiling is beginning to appear in the breast cancer clinic but it is not yet fully evaluated. This review explores the questions that must be addressed before this technology can become an everyday clinical tool.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214
JournalBreast Cancer Research
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Humans
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Prognosis
  • Technology Transfer

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