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Epidermal growth factor receptor determination on tumour imprints.
  1. D J Hastrich,
  2. J M Dunn,
  3. P Newcomb,
  4. P Hall,
  5. N Rooney,
  6. S Nicholson,
  7. J R Farndon
  1. Department of Surgery, Bristol Royal Infirmary.


    Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a sensitive prognostic indicator in women with breast cancer. A new technique for the detection of EGFR on breast cancer imprints is described and evaluated in relation to immunohistochemistry on frozen sections. The standard streptavidin-biotin method using the R1 antibody on frozen sections was modified for use on tumour imprints. In the first group (group 1 imprints) 43 tumours were assessed by frozen section and imprint staining. The group 1 imprint method had a sensitivity of 50% and a specificity of 89% compared with the frozen sections. Further modifications were made for the following 32 tumours (group 2) and this method had a much improved sensitivity of 94% while specificity was preserved. This method is simple and could be performed in any hospital histopathology department.

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