Shaheenah Dawood, Kristine Broglio, Vicente Valero, James Reuben, Beverly Handy, Rabiul Islam, Summer Jackson, Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, Herbert Fritsche and Massimo Cristofanilli Circulating tumor cells in metastatic breast cancer Cancer 113
Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.23852
The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic value of baseline circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in a large cohort of patients with newly diagnosed metastatic breast cancer (MBC). CTCs were found to be a strong independent predictor of survival among women with either de novo or newly recurrent MBC. CTCs should be considered as a new stratification method for women with newly diagnosed MBC.
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