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Timing of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia: the prognostic factor in advanced pancreatic cancer patients treated with gemcitabine / gemcitabine-based chemotherapy

Yang Chen, Yan Shi, Huan Yan, Yan Rong Wang and Guang Hai Dai _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:66593-66600. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16980

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Yang Chen1,*, Yan Shi1,*, Huan Yan1, Yan Rong Wang1 and Guang Hai Dai1

1 Medical Oncology Department 2, Chinese PLA General Hospital and Chinese PLA Medical School, Beijing 100853, China

* These authors have contributed equally to this work

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Guang Hai Dai, email:

Keywords: advanced pancreatic cancer; timing of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN); prognosis; chemotherapy

Received: June 30, 2016 Accepted: March 09, 2017 Published: April 09, 2017


Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN) was reported to be a predictor of better survival in several cancers. The objective of our study is to evaluate the relationship between the timing (onset) of CIN and prognosis. Between June 2008 and June 2015, 134 patients with confirmed advanced pancreatic cancer received at least one cycle of gemcitabine / gemcitabine-based chemotherapy as first-line chemotherapy were eligible for assessment. Timing of CIN was categorized into early onset and non-early onset CIN group. The end of cycle 2 was the cutoff to differentiate early onset or non-early onset. The correlation between timing of CIN with survival was analyzed by Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional hazards model. Median overall survival (OS) was 8.05 months (95% CI: 5.97-10.13) for patients with early onset CIN compared with 5.82 months (95% CI: 5.00-6.63) for patients without early-onset neutropenia (P = 0.022). Multivariate analysis proved that timing of CIN was an independent prognostic factor, hazard ratios of death was 0.696 (95% CI: 0.466-0.938) for patients with early onset CIN. In conclusion, timing of CIN is an independent predictor of prognosis in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer undergoing gemcitabine / gemcitabine based chemotherapy. Early-onset CIN predicts better survival.

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