John F R Robertson

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Ki67 immunostaining has been performed on 136 primary breast cancers and related to various clinical and pathological features of the disease. Staining was most frequently seen in poorly differentiated tumours showing high rates of mitotic activity, but was independent of tumour size, lymph-node status and ER expression. A high level of Ki67 immunostaining(More)
Immunoreactivity for c-erbB-2 oncogene product expression has been investigated in patients with breast cancer using the polyclonal antibody 21N. Three series of patients were studied, 602 presenting with primary operable cancer, 57 with stage 3 and 123 with stage 4 disease. Representative tissue sections of each primary tumour were stained using a standard(More)
We have assessed the pharmacokinetics, pharmacological and anti-tumour effects of the specific steroidal anti-oestrogen ICI 182780 in 19 patients with advanced breast cancer resistant to tamoxifen. The agent was administered as a monthly depot intramuscular injection. Peak levels of ICI 182780 occurred a median of 8-9 days after dosing and then declined but(More)
We analysed 148 primary breast cancers using BAC-arrays containing 287 clones representing cancer-related gene/loci to obtain genomic molecular portraits. Gains were detected in 136 tumors (91.9%) and losses in 123 tumors (83.1%). Eight tumors (5.4%) did not have any genomic aberrations in the 281 clones analysed. Common (more than 15% of the samples) gains(More)
A series of 346 patients with primary operable breast cancer and a series of 145 patients with advanced breast cancer were investigated for c-erbB-3 protein expression using the monoclonal antibody RTJ1. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumour samples were stained using a standard immunochemical method and staining was assessed on a four-point scale. The(More)
The 'growth fraction' of tumours can now be assessed on paraffin sections of tissues using the monoclonal antibody MIB1 by a microwave antigen retrieval technique. The MIB1 labelling index was studied using a CAS 200 image analyser in 177 tumours from women with primary operable breast carcinoma in whom long-term follow-up data were known. Statistical(More)
BACKGROUND It has been shown in in-vitro experiments that "withdrawal" of tamoxifen inhibits growth of tumor cells. However, evidence is scarce when this is extrapolated into clinical context. We report our experience to verify the clinical relevance of "withdrawal therapy". METHODS Breast cancer patients since 1998 who fulfilled the following criteria(More)
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) family plays an important role in breast carcinogenesis. Much interest has been focused recently on its members because of their potential role as prognostic indicators in breast cancer and their involvement in cancer therapy. We have evaluated more than 1500 cases of invasive breast carcinoma(More)
We treated 19 patients with advanced breast cancer resistant to tamoxifen with a new specific antioestrogen (ICI 182780) which, in animal studies, has no agonist activity. 13 (69%) patients responded (7 had partial responses and 6 showed no change) to monthly intramuscular injections of ICI 182780 after progression on tamoxifen, for a median duration of 18(More)
BACKGROUND Autoantibodies may be present in a variety of underlying cancers several years before tumours can be detected and testing for their presence may allow earlier diagnosis. We report the clinical validation of an autoantibody panel in newly diagnosed patients with lung cancer (LC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Three cohorts of patients with newly(More)