The utility of an in vitro angiogenesis score for prognosis assessment in patients with cervical cancer

Solveig Landt*, Harald Heidecke, Cora Reuter, Susanne Korlach, Jens Uwe Blohmer, Werner Lichtenegger, Till Heusner, Frank Stoblen, Marc Thill, Jana Barinoff, Jalid Sehouli, Sherko Kümmel

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Background/Aim: Angiogenesis plays a key role in tumour growth and metastasis. Expression of angiogenic factors has been suggested as a marker for tumour malignity, and may help to assess a patient's individual prognosis. The present study examines the relationship between angiogenic factor expression, an angiogenesis-based histoscore and clinical tumour criteria. Patients and Methods: A total of 81 patients with cervical cancer who underwent follow-up examinations between October 2002, and June 2005, were enrolled, and serum samples were examined for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), endostatin and VEGF-Receptor1 by means of an ELISA. Based on an endothelial-cell proliferation assay, an angiogenesis score was calculated. Results: Higher endostatin and VEGF expressions indicated advanced disease, and VEGF allowed for a reliable distinction between patients with non-invasive and these with recurrent disease. There were some plausible correlations between the angiogenesis score and clinical criteria and individual angiogenic factors, but the score's discriminating power appears to be limited. Conclusion: The utility of angiogenesis factor testing notwithstanding, the value of an angiogenesis score for the identification of patients with a worse prognosis, and thus a resulting benefit from more aggressive treatment, is arguable.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)2645-2649
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2011


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