Prognostic Value Of New IASLC/ATS/ERS Adenocarcinoma Sub-Classification Confirmed By Study
Researchers looked at patients with lung adenocarcinoma who underwent pulmonary resection between January 2001 and December 2009 at Kyoto University Hospital, Japan. The histological investigation included 440 lung adenocarcinomas, which met the 2004 WHO criteria for primary lung adenocarcinoma. Tumor staging was performed according to the 7th edition of the tumor, node, metastasis classification of the International Union Against Cancer.
Researchers concluded that the new classification identifies histologic subtypes of lung adenocarcinomas with prognostic value among Japanese patients. Moreover, they say, "EGFR mutations were significantly identified in AIS/MIA/Lepidic/Pap subtypes. Conversely, KRAS mutations were frequently identified in mucinous subtypes."
On the basis of these findings, they conclude, "that histologic subtyping and molecular testing for EGFR and KRAS mutations are helpful for predicting prognosis among patients with resectable lung cancer and may be helpful in selecting patients who require adjuvant chemotherapy."
The lead author of this work is Dr. Akihiko Yoshizawa. Co-authors include IASLC members Dr. Masashi Kobayashi, Dr. William Travis and Dr. Hiroshi Date.
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