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Oncology. 2008;74(1-2):42-9. doi: 10.1159/000138979. Epub 2008 Jun 10.

Squamous cell carcinoma antigen in patients with locally advanced cervical carcinoma undergoing preoperative radiochemotherapy: association with pathological response to treatment and clinical outcome.

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  • 1Gynecologic Oncology Unit, Catholic University of Rome, Rome, Italy.



We investigated the role of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) at presentation (pre-SCC) and after treatment (post-SCC) as predictor of pathological response and outcome in locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) patients undergoing preoperative chemoradiation.


One hundred and twenty-three consecutive LACC patients underwent preoperative chemoradiation including cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil plus external radiotherapy to the whole pelvic region. Clinical responders underwent radical surgery. SCC levels were expressed in nanograms/milliliter.


Ninety-five of 123 (77.2%) and 15/113 (13.3%) cases were classified as having high pre-SCC and high post-SCC levels. Complete pathological response was documented in 51 cases (41.5%), while persistence of microscopic foci was shown in 40 cases (32.5%). In the univariate analysis, FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) stage, clinical response to treatment and post-SCC levels were associated with pathological response to chemoradiation. In the multivariate analysis, only clinical response to treatment and post-SCC levels retained an independent role as predictors of pathological response to treatment. Cases with high post-SCC status had a shorter disease-free survival than cases with low post-SCC levels (p = 0.028). In the multivariate analysis, lack of a pathological complete response/persistence of microscopic foci to treatment retained an independent negative prognostic role for disease-free survival.


Post-SCC identifies LACC patients with a poor chance of pathological response to chemoradiation and an unfavorable outcome.

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