Progesterone receptor levels independently predict survival in endometrial adenocarcinoma.

H C Nyholm, Ib Jarle Christensen, Anette Lynge Nielsen

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Estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) contents were determined by biochemical (dextran charcoal-coated (DCC) assay) and immunohistochemical (ICA) methods in biopsies from 145 primary endometrial adenocarcinomas and those with eligible receptor measurements were analyzed with respect to correlations to cancer-specific survival in a multivariate analysis including histopathological characteristics. Median patient follow-up time was 67 months with 18 cancer deaths. The PR-DCC and ER-DCC values were dichotomized according to levels previously found by us to correspond to the best agreement between receptor status as determined by the DCC and ICA methods (130 fmol/mg cytosol protein for ER, 114 fmol/mg for PR). Using these thresholds, we found by multivariate analysis that "high" PR-DCC levels (> 114 fmol/mg) correlated significantly (P = 0.004) with survival, independent of stage risk group (Ia + b vs Ic-IV). Patient age and histologic grade were prognostic factors in a univariate setting, but these parameters were eliminated in the multivariate model. While the PR-ICA scores also correlated significantly and independently with survival, the predictive effect of PR-ICA positivity alone could not be statistically evaluated due to the number of cases with eligible ICA values. However, we suggest that owing to a close correlation between DCC and ICA results, PR-ICA status may provide significant prognostic information when DCC measurements are not available.
Translated title of the contributionProgesterone receptor levels independently predict survival in endometrial adenocarcinoma.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)347-351
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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