Meta-Analysis of Circulating Endothelial Cells and Circulating Endothelial Progenitor Cells as Prognostic Factors in Lung Cancer

  • Yu, Min (Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University) ;
  • Men, Hai-Tao (Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University) ;
  • Niu, Zhi-Min (Department of Radiation Oncology, CyberKnife Center, and Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute & Hospital) ;
  • Zhu, Yu-Xi (Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University) ;
  • Tan, Ben-Xu (Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University) ;
  • Li, Long-Hao (Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University) ;
  • Jiang, Juan (Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University)
  • Published : 2015.09.02


Background: The aim of this study was to analyze the prognostic implications of pretreatment circulating endothelial cells (CECs) and circulating endothelial progenitor cells (CEPCs) for the survival of patients with lung cancer. Materials and Methods: Relevant literature was identified using Medline and EMBASE. Patient clinical characteristics, overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) together with CEC and CEPC positive rates before treatment were extracted. STATA 12.0 was used for our analysis and assessment of publication bias. Results: A total of 13 articles (8 for CEC and 5 for CEPC, n=595 and n=244) were pooled for the global meta-analysis. The odds ratio (OR) for OS predicted by pretreatment CECs was 1.641 [0.967, 2.786], while the OR for PFS was 1.168 [0.649, 2.100]. The OR for OS predicted by pretreatment CEPCs was 12.673 [5.274, 30.450], while the OR for PFS was 4.930 [0.931, 26.096]. Subgroup analyses were conducted according to clinical staging. Odds ratio (OR) showed the high level of pretreatment CECs only correlated with the OS of patients with advanced lung cancer (stage III-IV). Conclusions: High counts of CECs seem to be associated only with worse 1-year OS in patients with lung cancer, while high level of pretreatment CEPCs correlate with both worse PFS and OS.


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