He Y, et al. Biomark Med 2020.
Aim: To compare and evaluate the prognostic value of various pretreatment combinations of inflammatory factors in patients with lung cancer (LC). Materials & methods: This study enrolled 1005 patients with LC and categorized into a discovery cohort and a validation cohort. Results: A combination of lymphocyte to C-reactive protein levels (LCR) demonstrated the highest correlation with poor first-line progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) (p < 0.05), but not disease-free survival (p > 0.05) compared with other parameters in LC patients. Decreased preoperative LCR was an independent prognostic factor for first-line PFS and OS (p < 0.05), but not disease-free survival (p > 0.05) in patients. Conclusion: Pretreatment LCR is a promising biomarker for first-line PFS and OS in patients with LC.