Prognostic factor analysis of patients with unresectablelung squamous cell carcinoma


Objective: To investigate the prognostic factors associated with unresectable (stage Ⅲa-Ⅳ, according to the 7th edition of the AJCC cancer staging manual) lung squamous cell carcinoma. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 350 patients with inoperable locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic lung squamous cell carcinoma who were admitted to the First Affiliated Hospital of Chinese Medical University from January 2005 to June 2018. The clinical pathological data, treatment and survival follow-up information of the patients were collected. Kaplan-Meier survival was used to compare the overall survival rate of different risk groups. Univariate analysis and multivariate Cox regression analysis were used to determine the independent prognostic factors. Results: A total of 350 patients were enrolled. The median overall survival (OS) of these patients was 16.7 months. Univariate analysis showed the stage, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group(ECOG), first-line chemotherapy evaluation (RECIST version 1.1), radiation therapy, number of systemic chemotherapy lines, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), cancer antigen 125 (CA125), C reactive protein (CRP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), whether liver, brain, boneor metastasis were associated with the OS of patients with advanced lung squamous cell carcinoma (all P<0.05). Multivariate analysis showed that ECOG score (HR=1.855, 95% CI: 1.063-3.239, P=0.030), whether underwent lung resection (HR=0.476, 95%CI: 0.302-0.751, P=0.001), first-line chemotherapy evaluation [stable disease (SD): HR=0.293, 95%CI: 0.159-0.540, P<0.001; complete response (CR)+ partial response (PR): HR=0.223, 95%CI: 0.120-0.413, P<0.001], CRP (HR=1.715, 95% CI: 1.080-2.723, P=0.042), LDH (HR=1.116, 95%CI: 0.780-1.596, P=0.002) and CEA (HR=1.855, 95%CI: 1.361-2.528, P<0.001) before chemotherapy, liver metastasis (HR=2.453, 95%CI: 1.461-4.120, P=0.001) are independent prognostic factors for patients with unresectable lung squamous cell carcinoma. Conclusion: The ECOG score, surgical treatment history, first-line chemotherapy, LDH, CEA and CRP before chemotherapy, liver metastasis are independent prognostic factors for patients with advanced lung squamous cell carcinoma.