The value of circulation tumor DNA in predicting postoperative recurrence of colorectal cancer: a meta-analysis

Colorectal Cancer

Wang R, et al. Int J Colorectal Dis 2020 - Review.


PURPOSE: Surgical resection is the primary treatment for patients with nonmetastatic colorectal cancer (CRC). However, even after undergoing radical resection procedure, 30-50% of patients will still experience relapse. Circulation tumor DNA (ctDNA), deriving from tumor cells, is shed into the bloodstream and is a potential predictive biomarker of recurrence in CRC. This meta-analysis was performed to identify the clinical value of ctDNA in predicting the recurrence of CRC patients in post-operative.

METHODS: PubMed, Embase, The Cochrane Library, and Web of Science were comprehensively searched to identify the studies that reported the function of ctDNA for predicting recurrence in CRC patients. The eligible studies were pooled to calculate the relative risk (RR) of recurrence in ctDNA positive and negative groups. The data of ctDNA on recurrence-free survival (RFS) were extracted and computed in hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confident interval (CI). Subgroup analyses were also performed.

RESULTS: A total of 7 studies including 424 patients were included and analyzed in our meta-analysis. The results showed that pooled RR was 4.65 (95%CI: 2.68-8.08, P < 0.05), indicating ctDNA positive could predict the recurrence of CRC after curative surgical. The pooled HR demonstrated strong connection between ctDNA positive and RFS in patients with CRC (HR = 9.14, 95%CI: 4.02-20.75, P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: Evidence from the meta-analysis suggested that ctDNA is a promising potential biomarker for predicting postoperative recurrence of CRC. Given the inherent limitations of this study, we look forward to more well-designed clinical studies to validate and update this analysis in the future.