Immunohistochemistry in stage FIGO III cervical cancer: prognostic value of tumor associated antigens and intermediate filaments.

Abstract

The prediction of prognosis in cervical carcinomas solely by histological examination is doubtful. Our study was undertaken to evaluate whether Cytokeratin 5D3, Cytokeratin high molecular weight (HMW), Cytokeratin AE1/AE3, Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) and CA 19.9 could have a prognostic value in primarily irradiated stage FIGO III cervical cancer. We investigated 45 pretreatment punch biopsies of cervical cancer stage FIGO III. All patients underwent a combined standardised primary irradiation treatment. In the cases with expression of Cytokeratin AE1/AE3 survival was significantly better than in cases without expression. The expression of CEA also had a significantly positive effect on survival. The best prognosis was found in cases with coexpression of AE1/AE3 and CEA (Wilcoxon p = 0.006, log-Rank p = 0.03). The other investigated tumor associated antigen and intermediate filaments did not correlate with survival. The application of Cytokeratin AE1/AE3 and CEA allows a prediction of prognosis in patients with stage FIGO III cervical cancer undergoing irradiation treatment.

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@article{Gitsch1992ImmunohistochemistryIS, title={Immunohistochemistry in stage FIGO III cervical cancer: prognostic value of tumor associated antigens and intermediate filaments.}, author={G. Gitsch and Ch Kainz and Petra Kohlberger and Bernard F. Schneider and L'udov{\'i}t Danihel and H. K{\"{o}lbl and Gerhard Breitenecker}, journal={Anticancer research}, year={1992}, volume={12 6B}, pages={2017-9} }