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The intra-tumor stroma percentage in colon cancer (CC) patients has previously been reported by our group as a strong independent prognostic parameter. Patients with a high stroma percentage within the primary tumor have a poor prognosis.Tissue samples from the most invasive part of the primary tumor of 710 patients (52% Stage II, 48% Stage III) participating in the VICTOR trial were analyzed for their tumor-stroma percentage. Stroma-high (>50%) and stroma-low (≤50%) groups were evaluated with respect to survival times.Overall and disease-free survival times (OS and DFS) were significantly lower in the stroma-high group (OS P<0.0001, hazard ratio (HR)=1.96; DFS P<0.0001, HR=2.15). The 5-year OS was 69.0% versus 83.4% and DFS 58.6% versus 77.3% for stroma-high versus stroma-low patients.This study confirms the intra-tumor stroma ratio as a prognostic factor. This parameter could be a valuable and low cost addition to the TNM status and next to current high-risk parameters such as microsatellite instability status used in routine pathology reporting. When adding the stroma-parameter to the ASCO criteria, the rate of 'undertreated' patients dropped from 5.9% to 4.3%, the 'overtreated' increased with 6.8% but the correctly classified increased with an additional 14%.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/annonc/mds246

Type

Journal article

Journal

Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology

Publication Date

01/2013

Volume

24

Pages

179 - 185

Addresses

Department of Surgery, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Keywords

Stromal Cells, Humans, Colonic Neoplasms, Prognosis, Survival Analysis, Double-Blind Method