Abstract. The [3H]‐thymidine labelling index ([3H]TdR LI) has been used to evaluate and comparatively analyse the proliferative activity of different tumour lesions from the same patient. The analysis was performed on the primary tumour and its synchronous lymph node metastasis from 210 patients operated on for breast cancer. A direct relation was observed between the proliferative activity of the two different lesions (Spearman correlation coefficient = 0–46, P<00001), but there was considerable scatter amongst the data. The [3H]TdR LI of primary and of metastatic lesions belonged to the same proliferation classes in only 47% of the cases. Higher or lower [3H]TdR LI values, categorized on the basis of the tertiles of the frequency distribution, occurred in the node metastasis than in the primary tumour in an almost similar percentage of the remaining cases. Menopause, receptor status and pathological features did not affect interlesion kinetic patterns. The prognostic role of the proliferative activity of the two different lesions was investigated on 107 patients with stage II tumours homogeneously treated with surgery and systemic adjuvant therapy. Relapse‐free survival at 3 years was significantly affected by the proliferative activity of the primary tumour but not by that of the lymph node metastasis.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology