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  • Posted: 11/29/2012
NCI Cancer Center News

UT Southwestern study finds combined RB and PTEN loss identifies DCIS primed for invasive breast cancer

The combined loss of two tumor suppressor genes, retinoblastoma (RB) and phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) was shown to be strongly associated with progression of DCIS to invasive breast cancer, according to a University of Texas, Southwestern study published November 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. UT Southwestern is home to the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center.

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