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Changing chemo not beneficial for metastatic B.C. patients with elevated circulating tumor cells

  • Posted: December 13, 2013

For women with metastatic breast cancer who had elevated amounts of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in their blood after a first line of chemotherapy, switching immediately to a different chemotherapy did not improve overall survival or time to progression, according to the results of a phase III clinical trial presented by researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 10-14.

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