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Inflammation marker ESR is effective in predicting outcome of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

A new interesting article has been published in BMC Cancer. 2018 Oct 19;18(1):997. doi: 10.1186/s12885-018-4914-4. and titled:

Inflammation marker ESR is effective in predicting outcome of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Authors of this article are:

Wu S, Zhou Y, Hua HY, Zhang Y, Zhu WY, Wang ZQ, Li J, Gao HQ, Wu XH, Lu TX, Hua D.

A summary of the article is shown below:

BACKGROUND: Systemic inflammation has been implicated in cancer development and progression. This study examined the best cutoff value of erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients.METHODS: The relationship between ESR and clinical characteristics was analyzed in 182 DLBCL patients from 2006 to 2017. The log-rank test, univariate analysis, and Cox regression analysis were applied to evaluate the relationship between ESR and survival. An ESR of more than 37.5 mm/hour was found to be the optimal threshold value for predicting prognosis.RESULTS: ESR was associated with more frequent advanced Ann Arbor stage, poorer performance status, elevated lactate dehydrogenase level, the presence of B symptoms, high-risk International Prognostic Index (IPI 3-5), more extranodal involvement (ENI ≥2), non-germinal-center B-cell (non-GCB) subtypes, and more frequent Myc protein positivity. Shorter overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were found for patients with higher ESRs. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that ESR level is an independent prognostic factor of both OS and PFS. In addition, dynamic changes in ESR are valuable in assessing curative effect and predicting disease recurrence.CONCLUSION: High ESR in DLBCL patients indicated unfavorable prognosis that may require alternative treatment regimens.

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Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma;Erythrocyte sedimentation rate;Prognosis;Survival

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