Clinicopathological Features of Patients with Malignant Mesothelioma in a Multicenter, Case-Control Study: No Role for ABO-Rh Blood Groups

  • Utkan, Gungor (Department of Medical Oncology, Ankara University School of Medicine) ;
  • Urun, Yuksel (Department of Medical Oncology, Ankara University School of Medicine) ;
  • Cangir, Ayten Kayi (Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ankara University School of Medicine) ;
  • Kilic, Dalokay (Department of Thoracic Surgery, Baskent University School of Medicine) ;
  • Ozdemir, Nuriye Yildirim (Medical Oncology Clinic, Ankara Numune Research and Educational Hospital) ;
  • Oztuna, Derya Gokmen (Department of Biostatistics, Ankara University School of Medicine) ;
  • Bulut, Erhan (Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ankara University School of Medicine) ;
  • Arslan, Ulku Yalcintas (Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtaslan Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Medical Oncology Clinic) ;
  • Kocer, Murat (Department of Medical Oncology, Suleyman Demirel University School of Medicine) ;
  • Kavukcu, Sevket (Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ankara University School of Medicine) ;
  • Icli, Fikri (Department of Medical Oncology, Ankara University School of Medicine)
  • Published : 2013.01.31


Background: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive tumor of mesothelial surfaces. Previous studies have observed an association between ABO blood groups and risk of certain malignancies, including pancreatic and gastric cancer; however, no information on any association with MM risk is available. The aim of this study was to investigate possible associations amoong MM clinicopathological features and ABO blood groups and Rh factor. Materials and Methods: In 252 patients with MM, the ABO blood group and Rh factor were examined and compared with the control group of 3,022,883 healthy volunteer blood donors of Turkish Red Crescent between 2004 and 2011. The relationship of blood groups with various clinicopathological features were also evaluated in the patient group. Results: The median age was 55 (range: 27-86) and 61.5% of patients were male. While 82.8% of patients had a history of exposure to asbestos, 60.7% of patients had a smoking history. Epithelioid (65.1%) was the most common histology and 18.7% of patients had mixed histology. Overall, the ABO blood group distribution of the 252 patients with MM was comparable with the general population. The median overall survival (OS) was 14 months (95% confidence interval, 11.3-16.6 months). The median OS for A, B, AB, and O were 11, 15, 16, and 15 months respectively (p=0.396). First line chemotherapy was administered to 118 patients. The median OS of patients on pemetrexed or gemcitabine was longer than patient who was not administered chemotherapy [17 months (95%CI, 11.7-22.2) vs. 9 months (95%CI, 6.9-11.0); p<0.001]. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that patients with MM can benefit from treatment with pemetrexed or gemcitabine in combination with cisplatin. We did not observe a statistically significant association between ABO blood group and risk of MM.


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