The relationship between tumour proliferative activity, the systemic inflammatory response and survival in patients undergoing curative resection for colorectal cancer
The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between Ki-67, C-reactive protein and cancer-specific survival in patients undergoing resection for colorectal cancer. Method
One hundred and forty-seven patients undergoing potentially curative resection for colorectal cancer had preoperative C-reactive protein concentrations and tumour Ki-67 labelling index measured. Results
On univariate analysis, age (P < 0.001), Dukes stage (P < 0.001), C-reactive protein (P < 0.001) and expression of Ki-67 (< 0.01) were associated with poorer cancer-specific survival. Ki-67 labelling index and C-reactive protein were correlated (rs = 0.172, P = 0.037). On multivariate analysis, age (HR 1.96, 95% CI 1.26–3.04, P = 0.003), Dukes stage (HR 4.38, 95% CI 2.11–9.09, P < 0.001) and C-reactive protein (HR 4.09, 95% CI 2.04–8.24, P < 0.001) retained significance. Conclusion
Increased tumour proliferation is associated with a systemic inflammatory response and poor cancer-specific survival in patients undergoing potentially curative surgery for colorectal cancer.