Andreas D Hartkopf

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Evaluation of isolated tumour cells in bone marrow (BM) and peripheral blood has become a major focus of translational cancer research. The presence of disseminated tumour cells in BM is a common phenomenon observed in 30-40% of primary breast cancer patients and independently predicts reduced clinical outcome. The detection of circulating tumour cells(More)
Overexpression of the HER2-receptor in early breast cancer (EBC) patients is associated with aggressive tumor behavior. However, women suffering from HER2-positive EBC benefit from trastuzumab treatment. As the HER2 status of the primary tumor may differ from that of disseminated tumor cells (DTC) in bone marrow (BM), the aim of this study was (1) to(More)
Tumour size in breast cancer influences therapeutic decisions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate sizing of primary breast cancer using mammography, sonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and thereby establish which imaging method most accurately corresponds with the size of the histological result. Data from 121 patients with primary breast(More)
The detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the peripheral blood of metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients is an independent marker of prognosis. This large prospective multicenter study aimed to assess the impact of CTCs on overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS) in patients with predefined molecular subgroups of MBC. To this end,(More)
OBJECTIVE Detection of disseminated tumor cells (DTCs) in the bone marrow (BM) of patients with breast cancer is associated with poor outcomes. Recent studies demonstrated that DTCs may serve as a prognostic factor in ovarian cancer. The aim of this 3-center study was to evaluate the impact of BM status on survival in a large cohort of patients with ovarian(More)
BACKGROUND This is the largest single-centre study to determine the prognostic relevance of disseminated tumour cells (DTCs) from the bone marrow (BM) of stage I-III breast cancer patients. Additionally, we aimed to analyse the impact of DTC detection on adjuvant bisphosphonate (BP) treatment efficacy. METHODS BM aspirates were collected during primary(More)
The aim of the ongoing DETECT study program is to evaluate therapeutic intervention based on phenotypes of circulating tumor cells (CTC) in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Currently (as of July 2015) more than half of the projected about 2000 patients with MBC have already been screened for CTC. Women with HER2-negative primary tumor and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM By definition, tumor cells do not pass the epithelial basement membrane in pre-invasive lesions. However, recently, it was shown that hematogenous tumor cell dissemination already takes place in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), giving disseminated tumor cells (DTCs) in the bone marrow the opportunity to interact with the(More)
BACKGROUND The detection of >5 circulating tumor cells (CTCs)/7.5 ml blood in patients being treated for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) has recently been shown to be predictive for therapy efficacy. The aim of this study was to investigate whether changing CTC levels during the course of chemotherapy treatment would also be useful in monitoring response to(More)
An imbalance between cell proliferation and programmed cell death can result in tumor growth. Although most systemic cytotoxic agents induce apoptosis in tumor cells, a high apoptotic rate in primary breast cancer correlates with poor prognosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and the prognostic significance of apoptotic disseminated(More)