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Alcohol and survival in ESCC: Prediagnosis alcohol consumption and postoperative survival in lymph node-negative esophageal carcinoma patients

Qilong Ma, Wengao Liu, Ran Jia, Hao Long, Lanjun Zhang, Peng Lin, Hongyun Zhao _ and Guowei Ma

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:38857-38863. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.8754

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Qilong Ma1,*, Wengao Liu1,*, Ran Jia1,*, Hao Long1, Lanjun Zhang1, Peng Lin1, Hongyun Zhao1 and Guowei Ma1

1 Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangdong Esophageal Cancer Institute, State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou, China

* These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Hongyun Zhao, email:

Guowei Ma, email:

Keywords: alcohol consumption, postoperative survival, esophageal carcinoma, Chinese cohort

Received: October 11, 2015 Accepted: March 31, 2016 Published: April 15, 2016


Background: The association between esophageal cancer and prediagnosis alcohol consumption is well established. However, evidence that prediagnosis alcohol consumption affects postoperative survival in patients with lymph node-negative esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is lacking. We conducted a retrospective study on the effect of prediagnosis alcohol consumption on the postoperative survival of patients with lymph node-negative ESCC in China.

Methods: We enrolled 643 ESCC patients with negative lymphatic metastasis who had undergone esophagectomy between 1990 and 2005 at the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China, and reviewed their demographic, pathologic, preoperative, and cancer outcome data obtained from medical records. These data were analyzed using life table and Kaplan–Meier analyses and multivariate Cox regression.

Results: There was a significant reduction in 3- and 5-year survival in drinkers with lymph node-negative ESCC. For drinkers, 3- and 5-year survival rates were 43% and 36% respectively, whereas, for nondrinkers, the corresponding values were 63% and 58%, respectively (p < 0.05). Multivariate Cox regression showed that drinking (p = 0.001, relative risk =1.583) was an independent factor for survival in patients with lymph node-negative ESCC. Striated analysis revealed that drinking was an independent factor for survival in patients with stage II A (p = 0.008, relative risk =1.679), stage IB (p = 0.044, relative risk=1.517), and well (p=0.011, relative risk =1.783) and moderately (p = 0.002, relative risk = 1.915) differentiated ESCC.

Conclusions: Prediagnosis alcohol consumption is an independent prognostic factor for postoperative survival in patients with lymph node-negative ESCC.

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