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CTC count predicts survival in mBC
As reported in The Lancet Oncology, circulating tumor cell (CTC) quantification in patients (20 studies; n = 1944) with metastatic breast cancer (mBC) predicts progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS), especially when coupled with clinicopathologic data. A CTC count ≥ 5/7.5 mL at baseline is associated with decreased PFS (HR = 1.92) and OS (HR = 2.78). An elevated CTC count 3-5 weeks and 6-8 weeks after treatment commences is also associated with decreased PFS (HR = 1.85 and 2.20) and OS (HR = 2.26 and 2.91).
Increased incidence of second primary cancers in patients with salivary gland tumors
As reported in JAMA—Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, patients with salivary gland tumors have an increased risk of second primary tumors and newly developed cancers. Specifically, the cumulative 2-, 5-, and 10-year rates for second primary cancers are 4.4%, 8.3%, and 12.4%, respectively. Similarly, the cumulative 2-, 5-, and 10-year rates for newly diagnosed cancers are 1.1%, 3.4%, and 10.5%, respectively.
CHD7 associated with survival in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients receiving gemcitabine
As reported in Cancer Research, low CHD7 expression is associated with increased RFS and OS in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients receiving gemcitabine. There was no association between CHD7 expression and RFS or OS in patients who were not treated with gemcitabine.