Prognostic significance of DNA content in large bowel carcinoma: a retrospective flow cytrometric study

P. Scivetti, M. Danova, A. Riccardi, R. Fiocca, P. Dionigi, G. Mazzini

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Abstract

Flow cytometric (FCM) determination of DNA content was performed on surgical specimens from 44 patients with previously untreated colonic carcinoma. For each tumor, cell suspensions were prepared from 2-4 40-μm thick sections obtained from formalin-fixed and paraffin embedded tissue samples. Aneuploidy was found in 47.2% of all the tumors and the aneuploid clone had a median DNA index of 1.49 (range: 1.24-1.93). Aneuploidy was found in 26.7% of highly differentiated tumors (WHO histologic classification), in 53.8% of moderately differentiated tumors and in 100% of poorly differentiated tumors (P = 0.04). The 33.3% of stages 1 + 2 (TNM) and the 70.6% of stages 3 + 4 tumors were aneuploid (P = 0.002). Median survival from surgery was 46.4 months for all patients. It was 18.8 months for patients with aneuploid tumors and 85.7 months for those with diploid tumors (P = 0.0002). FCM determination of DNA in colon carcinomas can easily be performed on archival histological material and provides prognostic information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-219
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Letters
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1989

Keywords

  • colon cancer
  • ploidy, prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Molecular Biology
  • Oncology

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