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The incidence and prognosis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients with family history

Yansu Wang, Chunying Shen, Xueguan Lu _ and Chaosu Hu

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:97323-97330. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.21994

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Yansu Wang1, Chunying Shen1,2, Xueguan Lu1,2 and Chaosu Hu1,2

1Department of Radiation Oncology, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, China

2Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Shanghai, China

Correspondence to:

Xueguan Lu, email: [email protected]

Chaosu Hu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: nasopharyngeal carcinoma; family history; incidence; prognosis

Received: November 16, 2016    Accepted: July 29, 2017    Published: October 24, 2017


Purpose: Epidemiological data showed that nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) was a regional malignancy. It suggested that genetic factor may play an important role in tumorigenesis of NPC. The aim was to investigate the incidence and the prognosis of NPC patients with family history.

Methods: The clinical data of patients with NPC treated in Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center from January 2008 to December 2012 were reviewed, and the patients with family history were selected. The prognosis of patients with family history was follow-up. The 5-year overall survival (OS), local recurrence-free survival (LRFS), and distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS) were analyzed by Kaplan-Meier and log-rank test. Cox proportional hazard model was used for multivariate analysis.

Results: There were 3.64% (135/3706) NPC patients with family history of NPC. Eighty-three percent (112/135) patients had only one family member suffering from NPC previously, and 74.1% (100/135) patients who had family history only in first-degree family members. Excluding five patients lost to follow-up, 130 patients were eventually used to analyze the prognosis. The 5-year OS, LRFS, and DMFS rates of all patients with family history were 84.1%, 83.4%, and 83.8%, respectively. There were no significant differences of OS, LRFS and DMFS between one relative group and at least two relatives group. In addition, the degree of NPC had no association with OS, LRFS and DMFS, respectively.

Conclusion: Our results showed that there was an incidence rate of 3.64% NPC patients with family history. These patients had a satisfied prognosis, and the prognosis of NPC patients with family history in different degree or numbers of relatives had no significant differences.

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