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Elevated serum C-reactive protein as a prognostic marker in small cell lung cancer

Authors
 Soojung Hong  ;  Young Ae Kang  ;  Dae Joon Kim  ;  Byoung Chul Cho 
Citation
 Yonsei Medical Journal, Vol.53(1) : 111-117, 2012 
Journal Title
 Yonsei Medical Journal 
ISSN
 0513-5796 
Issue Date
2012
Abstract
PURPOSE: Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) is associated with poor prognosis in several tumor types. The purpose of this study was to investigate serum CRP as a prognostic marker in small cell lung cancer (SCLC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The pretreatment serum CRP level was measured in 157 newly diagnosed SCLC patients, and correlation between serum CRP level and other clinical parameters was analyzed. Multivariate analyses were performed to find prognostic markers using Cox's proportional hazards model. RESULTS: The initial CRP concentration was within the normal range in 72 (45.9%) patients and elevated in 85 (54.1%) patients. There was a significant correlation between serum CRP level and the extent of disease (p<0.001), weight loss (p=0.029) and chest radiation (p=0.001). Median overall survival (OS) in the normal CRP group was significantly longer than with the high CRP group (22.5 months vs. 11.2 months, p<0.001). Extent of disease (p<0.001), age (p=0.025), and performance status (p<0.001) were additional prognostic factors on univariate analysis. On multivariate analysis, elevated serum CRP level was an independent prognostic factor for poor survival (HR=1.8; p=0.014), regardless of the extent of disease (HR=3.7; p<0.001) and performance status (HR=2.2; p<0.001). CONCLUSION: High level of CRP was an independent poor prognostic serum marker in addition to previously well-known prognosticators in patients with SCLC.
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/92060
DOI
10.3349/ymj.2012.53.1.111
Appears in Collections:
1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (흉부외과학교실)
1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실)
Yonsei Authors
강영애(Kang, Young Ae) ; 김대준(Kim, Dae Joon) ; 조병철(Cho, Byoung Chul) ; 홍수정(Hong, Soo Jung)
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