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Preoperative serum apolipoprotein A-I levels predict long-term survival in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer patients

Authors Shang Z, Wang J, Wang X, Yan H, Cui B, Jia C, Wang Q, Cui X, Li J, Ou T

Received 10 February 2018

Accepted for publication 17 March 2018

Published 14 May 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 1177—1190


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Harikrishna Nakshatri

Zhenhua Shang, Jukun Wang, Xu Wang, Hao Yan, Bo Cui, Chunsong Jia, Qi Wang, Xin Cui, Jin Li, Tongwen Ou

Department of Urology, Xuanwu Hospital Capital Medical University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Introduction: The aim of this study was to elucidate the association between apolipoprotein A-I (Apo A-I) and overall survival (OS) as well as cancer-specific survival (CSS) in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) patients undergoing transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT).
Patients and methods: We retrospectively collected data of 470 eligible patients diagnosed with NMIBC and who received TURBT between January 2004 and December 2011. Pretreatment blood indexes were examined. The association of Apo A-I with clinicopathological characteristics was further analyzed by dichotomizing our sample into those with Apo A-I ≤ 1.19 g/L (low Apo A-I group) and those with Apo A-I > 1.19 g/L (high Apo A-I group). OS and CSS were estimated by Kaplan–Meier analysis and the log-rank test was used to compare differences between groups. Univariate and multivariate Cox regression analyses were plotted to assess the prognostic value of Apo A-I in NMIBC patients. In addition, subgroup analyses were performed according to the risk classification of the International Bladder Cancer Group.
Results: In the overall population, patients in the high Apo A-I group had greater 5-year OS and 5-year CSS rates as compared to those in the low Apo A-I group. Kaplan–Meier survival analysis revealed that higher albumin, Apo A-I, and hemoglobin levels were associated with greater OS and CSS while elevated neutrophil–lymphocyte ratio was associated with worse OS and CSS in the overall and high-risk population rather than low- and intermediate-risk population. Furthermore, Apo A-I was shown to be an independent predictor in the overall population (for OS, hazard ratio [HR], 0.364, 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.221–0.598, p < 0.001; for CSS, HR, 0.328, 95% CI, 0.185–0.583, p < 0.001) and high-risk patients (for OS, HR, 0.232, 95% CI 0.121–0.443, p < 0.001; for CSS, HR, 0.269, 95% CI, 0.133–0.541, p < 0.001).
Conclusion: These results suggest that Apo A-I level could potentially serve as a useful prognostic indicator for therapeutic decision making in NMIBC patients.

Keywords: apolipoprotein A-I, NMIBC, TURBT, prognosis, overall survival, cancer-specific survival

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