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Association between Pretreatment Levels of Serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) and Survival Outcomes in Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer Patients

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Objective: To evaluate the association between pretreatment levels of serum vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and long-term treatment outcomes in patients with locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC). Methods: Thirty-nine patients diagnosed with LACC (stage IIB-IVA) and obtaining blood for serum VEGF were identified. All patients received complete treatment as radical radiotherapy with or without concurrent chemotherapy. Surveillance for all patients was every 3 months during the first 2 years, and every 6 months later. Results: Mean age of 39 patients was 52.3 ± 10.8 years old. Twenty-three patients (59.0%) had stage IIB, and 16 patients (41.0%) had stage IIIB. Histological cell type was mostly squamous cell carcinoma (89.7%). The median and 75th percentile level of serum VEGF were 610.2 pg/ml (0.0 - 4067.2 pg/ml) and 825.6 pg/ml, respectively. At median follow-up of 37.0 months (range, 26.8 - 46.3 months), the 3-year OS rate was 78.6%. Clinical stage (p = 0.04) and 75th percentile of VEGF level (p = 0.04) were impacted on OS in univariable analysis. The 3-year OS of patients in stage IIB with serum VEGF of ≤825.6 pg/ml and of > 825.6 pg/ml was slightly different, 94.4% and 80.0% respectively (p = 0.34), whereas there were many differences in stage IIIB, 71.4% and 25.0% in patients with serum VEGF of 825.6 pg/ml and of >825.6 pg/ml respectively (p = 0.05). Conclusion: High pretreatment serum VEGF level has an influence on OS for LACC. It is potentially used as a predictive factor, especially in patients stage IIIB, in order to provide efficient treatment and improve survival outcomes in the future.

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K. Katanyoo, K. Rongsriyam and M. Chongtanakon, "Association between Pretreatment Levels of Serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) and Survival Outcomes in Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer Patients," Journal of Cancer Therapy, Vol. 4 No. 10, 2013, pp. 1478-1484. doi: 10.4236/jct.2013.410178.


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