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Comparison of Immunohistochemical Methods (IHC) and Fluorescent in Situ Hybridization (FISH) in the Detection of HER2 /Neu Gene in Kurdish Patients with Breast Cancer in Western Iran



Background: Amplification of HER2 is an important factor in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is the gold standard for the detection of HER2-positive tumors. However, the Immunohistochemistry (IHC) assay for the detection of HER2 is more popular in the preclinical laboratory since it is faster and more economical compared to the FISH test.

Materials and Methods: In this study, the status of HER2 amplification is determined by the FISH test using 44 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue samples and comparing the results with the IHC test to determine the reliability of the IHC test. Also, the relationship between HER2 amplification and estrogen, progesterone receptors, P53, age, menopausal status, family history of breast cancer, tumor size, and histological grade were determined.

Results: Examination of HER2 in 44 samples by IHC showed 3 (6.8%) and 5 (11.4%) samples were positive (IHC 3+) and negative (IHC 0, 1+), respectively, and 36 (81.8%) samples were ambiguous (IHC 2 +), but examination by FISH showed 21 samples (47, 7%) were positive and 23 samples (52, 3%) were negative. There was a significant difference between IHC and FISH in the detection of HER2 amplification (P=0.019). Also, there was a significant difference between HER2 amplification and menopause in patients (P=0.035).

Conclusion: This result demonstrated that the IHC test is not a reliable test to determine HER2 amplification. This study represented that FISH analysis is more reliable than IHC and must be preferentially performed for all cases, especially for HER2 +2 cases for whom the IHC result is 2+.

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IssueVol 16, No 4 (2022) QRcode
SectionOriginal Article(s)
DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijhoscr.v16i4.10879
Breast cancer; Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH); Human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2); Immunohistochemistry

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Aznab M, Izadi B, Amirian F, Khazaei S, Madani SH, Ramezani M. Comparison of Immunohistochemical Methods (IHC) and Fluorescent in Situ Hybridization (FISH) in the Detection of HER2 /Neu Gene in Kurdish Patients with Breast Cancer in Western Iran. Int J Hematol Oncol Stem Cell Res. 2022;16(4):217-223.