PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (LMR) and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) as pre-operative markers for predicting extravesical disease and survival outcomes in patients undergoing radical cystectomy (RC) for urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from 4335 patients undergoing RC for clinically non-metastatic UCB were analyzed. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to predict lymph node involvement and extravesical disease (defined as ≥pT3 and N0). Recurrence-free (RFS), cancer-specific (CSS), and overall survival (OS) were evaluated using multivariable Cox models. The accuracy of the models was assessed with receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curves and concordance-index. RESULTS: Median LMR was 3.5 and median NLR was 2.7. Addition of LMR and NLR to a standard preoperative model improved its discrimination for prediction of lymph node metastasis by 4.5%. On multivariable analysis LMR and NLR independently predicted RFS, CSS, and OS. The discrimination of this model increased by adding LMR and NLR but was not significant. CONCLUSIONS: LMR and NLR independently improved the preoperative prediction of lymph node metastasis and survival outcomes. As they are readily available, they could be integrated in a panel of preoperative markers helping selecting patients who have extravesical lymph node involvement and more aggressive disease. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
D'Andrea, D., Moschini, M., Gust, KM., Abufaraj, M., Özsoy, M., Mathieu, R., Soria, F., Briganti, A., Rouprêt, M., Karakiewicz, PI., & Shariat, SF. (2017). Lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio as biomarkers for predicting lymph node metastasis and survival in patients treated with radical cystectomy. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 115(4), 455-461. https://doi.org/10.1002/jso.24521