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Ann Oncol. 2010 Jul;21(7):1552-7. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdq047. Epub 2010 Mar 15.

Prognostic time dependence of deletions affecting codons 557 and/or 558 of KIT gene for relapse-free survival (RFS) in localized GIST: a Spanish Group for Sarcoma Research (GEIS) Study.

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Departments of Oncology and Hematology, Medical and Translational Hemato-Oncology Group, Hospital Universitario Son Dureta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.



To assess whether deletions involving codons 557 and/or 558 (critical deletions) of exon 11 of KIT are relevant in the prognosis of relapse-free survival (RFS) in gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) patients with a long follow-up.


A univariate and multivariate analysis for RFS were carried out on 162 localized GIST patients over the entire follow-up period and over the intervals 0-4 years and >4 years. Factors assessed among others were Fletcher/National Institutes of Health and Miettinen-Lasota/Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (M-L/AFIP) risk categories, critical deletions and non-deletion-type mutation (NDTM) within exon 11 of KIT.


Multivariate analyses revealed that M-L/AFIP [relative risk (RR) 11.45, confidence interval (CI) 4.40-29.76, for the high-risk subgroup and RR 5.97, CI 2.09-17.06, for the intermediate subgroup] and critical deletions (RR 3.05, CI 1.59-5.85) were independent prognostic factors for RFS for the first 4 years and for the entire follow-up period. Beyond 4 years, the high-risk M-L/AFIP subgroup (RR 8.12, CI 1.48-44.4) and NDTM (RR 6.42, CI 1.17-35.12) were independent prognostic factors for RFS. The median follow-up was 84 months.


Critical deletions represent a time-dependent prognostic factor limited to the first 4 years after surgery, which could help identify a subset with higher and earlier risk for relapse in GIST patients.

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