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Cancer Lett. 1999 Apr 26;138(1-2):175-82.

Prognostic significance of tumor angiogenesis in epithelial ovarian cancer.

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University Hospital of Vienna, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Austria.


Since angiogenesis is considered essential for tumor growth and the development of metastasis, we assessed the correlation of microvessel density (MVD) with overall survival in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. Histologic slides were immunostained for CD34-antigen. MVD was determined within each tumor by enumeration under a light microscope at 200x magnification and an examination area of 0.25 mm2. The Cox proportional-hazards model was used for multivariate analysis. In 63 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer the 5-year survival rate (OS-%) was as follows: 55.0% (+/-12.5) in 18 patients whose tumors had an MVD < 10/field, and 23.6% (+/-6.7) in 45 patients whose tumors had an MVD(10/field (log-rank P = 0.038). MVD showed a significant influence on survival in univariate analysis, but failed to attain a significant value after adjustment for established prognostic parameters such as patients' age at diagnosis, stage of disease, and histologic grading. High MVD was significantly associated with advanced patients' age at diagnosis. This and a considerable heterogenity in the vascular architecture of ovarian carcinoma tissue might be the reasons why MVD did not reveal prognostic significance in multivariate analysis. In contrast to a variety of solid neoplasms, MVD does not seem to be a useful predictor of survival in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer.

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