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Superiority of lymph node ratio-based staging system for prognostic prediction in 2575 patients with gastric cancer: validation analysis in a large single center

Lin-Yong Zhao _, Chang-Chun Li, Lu-Yu Jia, Xiao-Long Chen, Wei-Han Zhang, Xin-Zu Chen, Kun Yang, Kai Liu, Yi-Gao Wang, Lian Xue, Bo Zhang, Zhi-Xin Chen, Jia-Ping Chen, Zong-Guang Zhou and Jian-Kun Hu

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:51069-51081. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.9714

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Lin-Yong Zhao1,2,*, Chang-Chun Li1,2,*, Lu-Yu Jia3, Xiao-Long Chen1,2, Wei-Han Zhang1,2, Xin-Zu Chen1,2, Kun Yang1,2, Kai Liu1,2, Yi-Gao Wang1,2, Lian Xue1,2, Bo Zhang1, Zhi-Xin Chen1, Jia-Ping Chen1, Zong-Guang Zhou1, Jian-Kun Hu1,2

1Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

2Laboratory of Gastric Cancer, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy/Collaborative Innovation Center of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

3West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Jian-Kun Hu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: gastric cancer, lymph node ratio, staging, prediction

Received: March 19, 2016     Accepted: May 17, 2016     Published: May 30, 2016


This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic significance of node ratio (Nr), the ratio of metastatic to retrieved lymph nodes, and to investigate whether a modified staging system based on Nr can improve prognostic ability for gastric cancer patients following gastrectomy. A total of 2572 patients were randomly divided into training set and validation set, and the cutoff points for Nr were produced using X-tile. The relationships between Nr and other clinicopathologic factors were analyzed, while survival prognostic discriminatory ability and accuracy were compared among different staging systems by AIC and C-index in R program. Patients were categorized into four groups as follows: Nr0, Nr1: 0.00–0.15, Nr2: 0.15–0.40 and Nr3: > 0.40. Nr was significantly associated with clinicopathologic factors including macroscopic type, tumor differentiation, lymphovascular invasion, perineural invasion, tumor size, T stage, N stage and TNM stage. Besides, for all patients, Nr and TNrM staging system showed a smaller AIC and a larger C-index than that of N and TNM staging system, respectively. Moreover, in subgroup analysis for patients with retrieved lymph nodes < 15, Nr was demonstrated to have a smaller AIC and a larger C-index than N staging system. Furthermore, in validation analysis, Nr, categorized by our cutoff points, showed a larger C-index and a smaller AIC value than those produced in previous studies. Nr could be considered as a reliable prognostic factor, even in patients with insufficient (< 15) retrieved lymph nodes, and TNrM staging system may improve the prognostic discriminatory ability and accuracy for gastric cancer patients undergoing radical gastrectomy.

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