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Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2013 Jan;23(1):164-9. doi: 10.1097/IGC.0b013e318277edc8.

P27 as a prognostic factor of early cervical carcinoma.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Faculty Hospital, Charles University, Plzen, Czech Republic.



The aim of this study was to clarify whether the evaluation of cell-cycle regulatory protein p27 can serve as a prognostic factor in patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) stage IB cervical carcinoma.


A retrospective study was performed on 130 surgically treated patients with FIGO stage IB cervical carcinoma with at least a 5-year follow-up. The expression of p27 was investigated independently by 2 experienced pathologists using immunohistochemistry. The prognostic significance of established prognostic factors and p27 expression were analyzed using univariate and multivariate analyses.


In a univariate analysis, lymph node status, tumor diameter, Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) score, lymph vascular space invasion, and p27 expression were significant prognostic factors for overall survival (OS). We found a correlation between p27 expression and lymph node status, tumor diameter, invasion, and GOG score. The p27 expression was a statistically significant prognostic factor for OS in a univariate analysis (log-rank test, P = 0.03). In a multivariate analysis, only lymph node status and tumor diameter were statistically significant prognostic factors for OS.


This study demonstrated that a low p27 expression is associated with lymph node metastasis, deep stromal invasion, tumor diameter more than 20 mm, and high GOG score and had a prognostic influence on OS in a univariate analysis in a series of 130 women with FIGO stage IB cervical carcinoma. Lymph node status and the diameter of the tumor were the only statistically significant prognostic factors in multivariate analysis.

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