OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlation between serum levels of Tumor Associated Materials (TAM) and clinicopathological parameters and prognosis in patients with esophageal cancer (EC).
PATIENTS AND METHODS: The levels of TAM were determined by chemical colorimetry in 100 EC patients and 100 healthy controls.
RESULTS: Serum TAM levels were significantly higher in patients with esophageal carcinoma than in the control group (p < 0.001). High levels of TAM were associated with tumor size (p = 0.004), tumor depth (p < 0.001), stage (p < 0.001), lymph node metastases (p < 0.001), tumor differentiation (p = 0.001), tumor respectability (p = 0.002) and disease progression (p < 0.001). The poor prognostic outcomes were correlated with an elevated level of TAM (p = 0.001). Kaplan-Meier analysis showed patients with increased levels of TAM after operation had an lower overall survival (p < 0.001) and disease-free survival (p < 0.001). In addition, multivariate Cox proportional hazard analyses revealed that TAM may be an independent factor affecting the overall survival and disease-free survival (p < 0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: The detection of TAM could be used to screen for tumor and assess unfavorable prognosis in patients with EC.Free PDF Download
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K. Zhou, Y. Yan, S. Zhao, B. Li
Clinical application and prognostic assessment of serum Tumor Associated Material (TAM) from esophageal cancer patients
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 18 - N. 24