Absence of correlation between nuclear morphometry and survival in stage I non-small cell lung carcinoma.
To evaluate the utility of nuclear morphometry as a prognostic indicator in lung cancer, 5-year follow-up information was obtained in 46 cases of surgically resected Stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Nuclear area, perimeter, major diameter, minor diameter, and nuclear shape factor were determined from representative histologic sections of the tumors with a computer-assisted digitizing system. The morphometric parameters were compared between patients with favorable outcome (Group I: alive with no evidence of disease, n = 17) and those with poor outcome (Group II: dead of disease or with recurrence of disease, n = 29). No significant differences in any of the morphometric parameters were found between tumors in Groups I and II for individual tumor cell types or the combined cases. Failure to demonstrate a correlation between morphometric parameters and prognosis in Stage I NSCLC indicates that future efforts to determine objective prognostic factors should concentrate on other variables, such as specific genetic abnormalities.
Cagle, PT; Langston, C; Fraire, AE; Roggli, VL; Greenberg, SD
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