Her2-Diagnostik beim magenkarzinom: Was ist anders im vergleich zum mammakarzinom?

Translated title of the contribution: Her2 testing in gastric cancer: What is different in comparison to breast cancer?

J. Rüschoff, I. Nagelmeier, G. Baretton, M. Dietel, H. Höfler, H. U. Schildhaus, R. Büttner, W. Schlake, O. Stoss, H. H. Kreipe

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Based on data from a large multicenter phase III trial (ToGA study) trastuzumab has very recently been approved by the EMEA for metastatic gastric cancer and adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction. Only patients with tumors which over express Her2 as defined by IHC2+ and a confirmatory FISH+ result, or IHC 3+, determined by an accurate and validated assay are eligible for trastuzumab therapy. However, testing of Her2 status by immunohistochemistry (IHC) differs from breast cancer in core aspects: 1. IHC2+/3+ is scored even though membranous staining is incomplete if membrane staining is clearly detectable even at low magnification (2.5x/5x, 3+) or medium magnification (10x/20x, 2+). 2. Additionally, membrane staining at the appropriate intensity found in at least 10% of tumor cells is restricted to resection specimens. Evaluation of Her2 in situ hybridization (ISH) is similar to breast cancer with ratio values of≥2.0 indicating Her2 gene amplification. Taking these modifications into account and defining the HER2 positive subgroup as IHC 3+ and IHC2+/FISH+, approximately 16% of gastric cancers are considered Her2 positive, affecting mainly tumor regions with intestinal (gland forming) type carcinoma. In contrast to breast cancer, up to one-third of gastric cancers show a heterogeneous Her2 status both at IHC and ISH levels which favors bright field ISH over FISH.

Translated title of the contributionHer2 testing in gastric cancer: What is different in comparison to breast cancer?
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)208-217
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


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