Aug 2, 2016

Advanced-Stage Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma: Restaging System after Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy on the Basis of MR Imaging Determines Survival

Li-Ting LiuHai-Qiang Mai


Purpose To evaluate the prognostic value of the restaging system after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) in patients with advanced-stage nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Materials and Methods This study was approved by the clinical research committee and a written informed consent was required before enrolling in the study. Prospectively enrolled were 412 consecutive patients with stage III-IVb NPC treated with NACT followed by concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Patients were staged before NACT and restaged after NACT. The progression-free survival (PFS) and distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS) were calculated with the Kaplan-Meier method, and differences were compared by using the log-rank test. Results Post-NACT T classification (PFS, P = .001) and N classification (PFS, P < .001; DMFS, P = .001) resulted in better survival curve separations than pre-NACT T classification and N classification. Patients downstaged from N2-N3 to N0-N1 disease had a better prognosis than did patients who continued to have N2-N3 diseases (3-year PFS, 83.8% vs 66.6%, P = .001; 3-year DMFS, 88.0% vs 78.4%, P = .026). Multivariate analysis revealed that post-NACT T classification (hazard ratio [HR] = 1.67; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1...Continue Reading

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Cancer of Nasopharynx
Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
TNM Staging System
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Stage I Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
Tumor Markers
Antineoplastic Chemotherapy Protocols

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