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PLoS One. 2014 Jun 26;9(6):e101119. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101119. eCollection 2014.

Prognostic value of PLR in various cancers: a meta-analysis.

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Department of Oncology, First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Recently, more and more studies investigated the association of inflammation parameters such as the Platelet Lymphocyte Ratio (PLR) and the prognosis of various cancers. However, the prognostic role of PLR in cancer remains controversial.

METHODS:

We conducted a meta-analysis of published studies to evaluate the prognostic value of PLR in various cancers. In order to investigate the association between PLR and overall survival (OS), the hazard ratio (HR) and its 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated.

RESULTS:

A total of 13,964 patients from 26 studies were included in the analysis. The summary results showed that elevated PLR was a negative predictor for OS with HR of 1.60 (95%CI: 1.35-1.90; Pheterogeneity <0.001). Subgroup analysis revealed that increased PLR was a negative prognostic marker in patients with gastric cancer (HR = 1.35, 95%CI: 0.80-2.25, Pheterogeneity = 0.011), colorectal cancer (HR = 1.65, 95%CI: 1.33-2.05, Pheterogeneity = 0.995), hepatocellular carcinoma (HR = 3.07, 95% CI: 2.04-4.62, Pheterogeneity = 0.133), ovarian cancer (HR = 1.57, 95%CI: 1.07-2.31, Pheterogeneity = 0.641) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (HR = 1.85, 95% CI: 1.42-2.41, Pheterogeneity = 0.451) except for pancreatic cancer (HR = 1.00, 95%CI: 0.92-1.09, Pheterogeneity = 0.388).

CONCLUSION:

The meta-analysis demonstrated that PLR could act as a significant biomarker in the prognosis of various cancers.

PMID:
24968121
PMCID:
PMC4072728
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0101119
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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