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    HER-2 ANALYSIS in BREAST CANCER

    Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and is second only to lung cancer in cancer-related death.1 HER-2 is a gene which promotes the growth of cancer cells when present in tumors.

    Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is a test method that identifies the genetic material in human cells, including specific genes or portions of genes. In breast cancer patients, for example, a FISH test on breast cancer tissue removed during a biopsy can show whether the cells have extra copies of the HER-2 gene.

     

    Reference:

    1. http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html