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Prognostic significance of lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio and CRP in patients with nonmetastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma: a retrospective multicenter analysis

Authors Xia W, Wu X, Yu T, Wu Y, Yao X, Hu H

Received 28 November 2015

Accepted for publication 6 March 2016

Published 9 May 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 2759—2767


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Editor who approved publication: Dr William Cho

Wen-Kai Xia, Xia Wu, Tang-Hong Yu, Yu Wu, Xia-Juan Yao, Hong Hu

Department of Nephrology, The Affiliated Jiangyin Hospital of Southeast University Medical College, Jiangyin, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China

Background: Inflammation has been reported to be involved in carcinogenesis and cancer progression. This study was designed to explore the prognostic significance of lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (LMR) and serum C-reactive protein (CRP) in nonmetastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) patients after treatment.
Methods: The retrospective study consisted of 985 patients with ccRCC who had undergone nephrectomy from 2005 to 2010 at multiple centers. The patients were divided into four groups using a quartile of LMR or CRP, and their associations with clinical characteristics and outcome were systematically estimated.
Results: Both low LMR and high CRP significantly diminished overall survival (OS) and metastasis-free survival (MFS) in patients with ccRCC. Further investigation indicated that LMR and CRP were independent prognostic factors of both OS and MFS. Integration of LMR and CRP into a predictive model, including significant variables in multivariate analysis, established a nomogram to predict accurately the 3- and 5-year survival for nonmetastatic patients with ccRCC.
Conclusion: LMR and CRP represent independent prognostic factors of OS and MFS for patients with ccRCC. Incorporation of LMR and CRP into the traditional TNM staging system may improve their predictive performance.

Keywords: C-reactive protein, lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio, clear cell renal cell carcinoma, survival, nomogram

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