Maintrac® Companion Diagnostics

Maintrac Companion Diagnostics features world-class biomarker analysis. Information on the genetic activity of a person's cancer assists practitioners in gaining an understanding of the unique behaviour of a person's cancer cells. The biomarkers that are available for testing include: Estrogen Receptor, HER2/neu, Androgen Receptor, VEGF Receptor, EGF Receptor, ki-67, PLAP and BRaf mutations. This test can only be requested addition to the CTC-count test. Other biomarkers may be available upon request.  The best way to monitor cancer activity and long-term effectiveness of treatment is via a single CTC Count test every 3-6 months. Patient information hand-outs or your clinic are available upon request by phoning 1300 292 482.

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NEW! Poster: Somatic mutations of the EGFR, KRAS and BRAF genes: homogeneitiy in single cells from cell lines and heterogeneity in Circulating Epithelial Tumor Cells (CETCs) as determined using cobas® z480 analyzer (2014) This poster was awarded 'Best Poster' at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia annual conference in Melbourne, 2014 ...View this poster

NEW! Publication: Behaviour of Circulating Epithelial Tumor Cells (CETCs) and FISH (Fluorescence in situ hybridisation) of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR -gene amplification in lung cancer patients during the course of therapy ...Read this publication

Publication: Efficacy of control of therapy using Circulating Epithelial Tumor Cells (CETCs) as "Liquid Biopsy": trastuzumab in HER2/neu-positive breast carcinoma (2011) ...Read this publication

Publication: Insulin-like Growth Factor Receptor I (IGR-IR) and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor 2 (VEGFR-2) are expressed on the Circulating Epithelial Tumor Cells of breast cancer patients ...Read this publication

Publication: An increase in cell number at the completion of therapy may develop as an indicator of early relapse (2008) ...Read this publication