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Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 1992 Jul;19(8 Suppl):1207-19.

Overexpression of erbB-2 protein in gastric adenocarcinoma--a potential role in therapeutic response to adjuvant 5-FU-doxorubicin regimen.

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Yonsei Cancer Center Surgery, and Microbiology, Seoul, Korea.


In order to study the influence of erbB-2 protein overexpression on outcome of patients with gastric cancer after attempted curative resection with or without adjuvant chemotherapy, paraffin embedded sections from 109 cases of primary gastric cancer with defined treatments have been immunostained for erbB-2 protein in a retrospective study. Thirty four cases (31%) showed strong membrane staining of tumor cells. erbB-2 overexpression did not show significant effect on outcome when all patients were considered. However, erbB-2 overexpression was an indicator for poor disease free survival (p = 0.0474), local relapse free survival (p = 0.0293), and overall survival (p = 0.0310) of the patients treated with surgery only (N = 51), while it did not show any effect on outcome of patients treated with 5-FU plus Doxorubicin (FA) as adjuvant chemotherapy (N = 58). Furthermore, the apparent therapeutic benefit from FA regimen was restricted to patients with erbB-2 positive tumors. Combined predictive value of erbB-2 and FA regimen was found to be significant in predicting local relapse in multivariate analysis (p = 0.0439). The data suggests that erbB-2 may be associated with an improved response to FA regimen and that erbB-2 should be included as a potential confounding variable in the analysis of the data from the clinical trials for gastric cancer.

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