The subclonal architecture of metastatic breast cancer: Results from a prospective community-based rapid autopsy program 'CASCADE'

Study ID Alternative Stable ID Type
EGAS00001002153 Other

Study Description

Background: Understanding the cancer genome is seen as a key step in improving outcomes for cancer patients. Genomic assays are emerging as a possible avenue to personalised medicine in breast cancer. The majority of work in this area has targeted primary tumours however, and very few studies have performed comprehensive profiling of advanced disease. Evolution of the cancer genome during the natural history of breast cancer is largely unknown, as is the profile of disease at death. We sought to study in detail these aspects of advanced breast cancers that have resulted in lethal disease. Methods and Findings: Three patients with ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer and one patient with triple negative breast cancer underwent rapid autopsy as part of an institutional prospective community-based rapid autopsy program. Cases represented a range of management problems in breast cancer, including late relapse after early stage disease; de novo metastatic disease; discordant disease response and disease refractory to treatment. Between 5 and 12 metastatic sites were collected at ... (Show More)

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Metastatic and primary tumour samples were collected from 4 patients with advanced breast cancer. Samples were collected at autopsy and also from biopsies taken during life. Tumour and germline samples are available. Whole exome sequencing was performed on all samples.

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