Natasha Hava

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Background:Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is amplified and overexpressed in 20–25% of breast cancers. This study investigated circulating free DNA (cfDNA) for detection of HER2 gene amplification in patients with breast cancer.Methods:Circulating free DNA was extracted from plasma of unselected patients with primary breast cancer (22 before(More)
Background:The aim of this study was to gain insight into breast cancer dormancy by examining different measures of minimal residual disease (MRD) over time in relation to known prognostic factors.Methods:Sixty-four primary breast cancer patients on follow-up (a median of 8.3 years post surgery) who were disease free had sequential bone marrow aspirates and(More)
BACKGROUND Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and tumor-specific alterations in cell-free plasma DNA can both be used as markers of prognosis in breast cancer. To date, there have been no studies that have compared these as markers for subclinical metastases in the follow-up of early breast cancer. In this study, we measured CTCs and plasma DNA in a published(More)
Biomarkers in breast cancer to monitor minimal residual disease have remained elusive. We hypothesized that genomic analysis of circulating free DNA (cfDNA) isolated from plasma may form the basis for a means of detecting and monitoring breast cancer. We profiled 251 genomes using Affymetrix SNP 6.0 arrays to determine copy number variations (CNVs) and loss(More)
In locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) preoperative chemoradiation (CRT) is the standard of care, but the risk of local recurrence is low with good quality total mesorectal excision (TME), although many still develop metastatic disease. Current challenges in treating rectal cancer include the development of effective organ-preserving approaches and the(More)
555 Background: Early detection and monitoring the progress of common cancers is a continuing problem. Patients with cancer are known to have cancer-derived DNA circulating free in plasma (cfDNA) and we hypothesised that this may form the basis for a means of detecting and monitoring the disease Methods: For the first time, we have characterised cfDNA of(More)
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