Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 16, No. 3, 2017, pp. 665-672
Bioline Code: pr17086
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2017, pp. 665-672
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Prognostic implications of plasma fibrinogen and serum C-reactive protein levels in non-small cell lung cancer resection and survival|
Jiang, Lian-Yong; Zhang, Xue-Feng; Ding, Fang-Bao; Wang, Ming-Song; Mei, Ju & He, Yi
Purpose: To investigate the prognostic implications of plasma fibrinogen and serum C-reactive protein
(CRP) levels in tumour resection and survival following successful tumour resection in patients with non-small
cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Methods: One hundred and fifty-three NSCLC patients who underwent surgical resection at a tertiary
care hospital from January 2006 through December 2010 were enrolled. Pre-operative serum CRP and
plasma fibrinogen levels were measured. The levels of these biomarkers correlated with tumour size
and pathologic TNM stage. The possibility of complete resection and associated findings are reported.
Results: Plasma fibrinogen (r = 0.381, p = 0.002) and serum CRP (r = 0.471, p < 0.001) levels were
positively associated with tumour diameter. Increased levels of these biomarkers were significantly
associated with sex, smoking status, histological type, tumour stage, and clinical stage. Partial tumour
resection occurred in 28 % (27/95) of patients with an increased plasma fibrinogen level compared to 10
% (6/58) with a normal fibrinogen level (p = 0.008), and in 30 % (29/97) of patients with an increased
serum CRP level compared to 11 % (6/56) with a normal CRP level (p = 0.006). Patients with elevated
CRP and fibrinogen concentrations demonstrated higher susceptibility to disease advancement and
survival compared to patients with normal fibrinogen and CRP levels.
Conclusion: Pre-operative functional concentrations of serum CRP and plasma fibrinogen could serve
as indicators of tumour resectability wherein a high tumour resection rate is possible in patients with
favourable pre-operative levels of these biomarkers. Increased concentrations of serum CRP and
plasma fibrinogen are associated with poor overall survival and progression-free survival.
Plasma fibrinogen; serum C-reactive protein; biomarker; non-small cell lung cancer
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