Statin use and survival outcomes in endocrine-related gynecologic cancers: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Weimin Xie, Li Ning, Yuenan Huang, Yan Liu, Wen Zhang, Yingchao Hu, Jinghe Lang and Jiaxin Yang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:41508-41517. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17242

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Weimin Xie1,*, Li Ning1,*, Yuenan Huang2, Yan Liu3, Wen Zhang1, Yingchao Hu1, Jinghe Lang1 and Jiaxin Yang1

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China

2Department of General Surgery, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China

3Department of Epidemiology and Statistics, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, School of Basic Medicine, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Jiaxin Yang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: gynecologic cancer, statin, survival outcomes, meta-analysis

Received: March 22, 2017     Accepted: April 11, 2017     Published: April 19, 2017


Previous studies investigating the association between statin use and survival outcomes in gynecologic cancers have yielded controversial results. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the association based on available evidence. We searched the databases of the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Embase, and PubMed from inception to January 2017. Studies that evaluated the association between statin use and survival outcomes in gynecologic cancers were included. Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) for overall survival, disease-specific survival and progression-free survival were calculated using a fixed-effects model. A total of 11 studies involving more than 6,920 patients with endocrine-related gynecologic cancers were identified. In a meta-analysis of 7 studies involving 5,449 patients with endocrine-related gynecologic cancers, statin use was linked to improved overall survival (HR, 0.71; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.63 to 0.80) without significant heterogeneity (I2 = 33.3%). Statin users also had improved disease-specific survival (3 studies, HR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.58 to 0.90, I2 = 35.1%) and progression-free survival (3 studies, HR, 0.68; 95% CI, 0.49 to 0.93, I2 = 33.6%) in endocrine-related gynecologic cancers. Our findings support that statin use has potential survival benefits for patients with endocrine-related gynecologic cancers. Further large-scale prospective studies are required to validate our findings.

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