Validation of Inflammatory Prognostic Biomarkers in Pleural Mesothelioma

Stephanie Iser, Sarah Hintermair, Alexander Varga, Ali Çelik, Muhammet Sayan, Aykut Kankoç, Nalan Akyürek, Betül Öğüt, Pietro Bertoglio, Enrico Capozzi, Piergiorgio Solli, Luigi Ventura, David Waller, Michael Weber, Elisabeth Stubenberger, Bahil Ghanim*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Evoked from asbestos-induced inflammation, pleural mesothelioma represents a fatal diagnosis. Therapy ranges from nihilism to aggressive multimodality regimens. However, it is still unclear who ultimately benefits from which treatment. We aimed to re-challenge inflammatory-related biomarkers' prognostic value in times of modern immune-oncology and lung-sparing surgery. The biomarkers (leukocytes, hemoglobin, platelets, neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), lymphocyte-monocyte ratio (LMR), platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), C-reactive protein (CRP)) and clinical characteristics (age, sex, histology, therapy) of 98 PM patients were correlated to overall survival (OS). The median OS was 19.4 months. Significant OS advantages (Log-Rank) were observed in multimodal treatment vs. others (26.1 vs. 7.2 months, p < 0.001), surgery (pleurectomy/decortication) vs. no surgery (25.5 vs. 3.8 months, p < 0.001), a high hemoglobin level (cut-off 12 g/dL, 15 vs. 24.2 months, p = 0.021), a low platelet count (cut-off 280 G/L, 26.1 vs. 11.7 months, p < 0.001), and a low PLR (cut-off 194.5, 25.5 vs. 12.3 months, p = 0.023). Histology (epithelioid vs. non-epithelioid, p = 0.002), surgery ( p = 0.004), CRP (cut-off 1 mg/dL, p = 0.039), and platelets ( p = 0.025) were identified as independent prognostic variables for this cohort in multivariate analysis (Cox regression, covariates: age, sex, histology, stage, CRP, platelets). Our data verified the previously shown prognostic role of systemic inflammatory parameters in patients treated with lung-sparing surgery within multimodality therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number93
Pages (from-to)93
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2023


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