Thijs Vandorpe

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BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested that breast cancer risk factors are associated with estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) expression status of the tumors. METHODS We pooled tumor marker and epidemiological risk factor data from 35,568 invasive breast cancer case patients from 34 studies participating in the Breast Cancer(More)
Breast cancers demonstrate substantial biological, clinical and etiological heterogeneity. We investigated breast cancer risk associations of eight susceptibility loci identified in GWAS and two putative susceptibility loci in candidate genes in relation to specific breast tumor subtypes. Subtypes were defined by five markers (ER, PR, HER2, CK5/6, EGFR) and(More)
We correlated serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D(3) (25OHD) levels with tumor characteristics and clinical disease outcome in breast cancer patients and assessed the impact of genetic determinants of vitamin D insufficiency. We collected serum from 1800 early breast cancer patients at diagnosis, measured 25OHD by radioimmunoassay (RIA), and determined genetic(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the clinical behavior of triple negative breast cancer (TNC), including age distribution, occurrence of LN (lymph node) invasion and prognosis in different histological subtypes. METHODS For this cohort study we used data on 476 patients with newly diagnosed TNC at the University Hospitals Leuven (Belgium) between 1999 and 2009. Of(More)
Retrospective studies suggest that single nucleotide polymorphisms in the cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) gene predict reduced tamoxifen metabolism, better tolerance and worse treatment outcome. We hypothesized that women with this genotype lack tamoxifen-induced endometrial and biochemical changes in follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and sex hormone-binding(More)
ErbB4 is a receptor tyrosine kinase that can signal by a mechanism involving proteolytic release of intracellular and extracellular receptor fragments. Proteolysis-dependent signaling of ErbB4 has been proposed to be enhanced in breast cancer, mainly based on immunohistochemical localization of intracellular epitopes in the nuclei. To more directly address(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether lymph node involvement in breast cancer is influenced by gene or miRNA expression of the primary tumor. For this purpose, we selected a very homogeneous patient population to minimize heterogeneity in other tumor and patient characteristics. First, we compared gene expression profiles of primary tumor tissue(More)
Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) accounts for 8–14% of all breast cancers and carries distinct prognostic and biologic implications. The goal of our study was to investigate the impact of lobular histology on axillary lymph node (ALN) involvement. This is a cross-sectional study of 4,292 consecutive patients surgically treated for breast carcinoma at the(More)
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