Prognostic significance of p21 and p27 protein, apoptosis, clinical and histologic factors in rectal cancer without lymph node metastases.

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic role of clinical and histopathologic factors, cell-cycle regulator proteins (p21(Waf1/Cip1), p27(Kip1)), and apoptotic index in lymph node-negative rectal cancer. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples of 97 rectal carcinomas (UICC stages I and II) resected curatively within five years were used… (More)

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