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      Combination of platelet count and neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio is a useful predictor of postoperative survival in patients with colorectal cancer

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          This study investigated the usefulness of a novel inflammation-based prognostic system, named the COP-NLR (COmbination of Platelet count and Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio), for predicting the postoperative survival of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC).


          The COP-NLR was calculated on the basis of data obtained on the day of admission: patients with both an elevated platelet count (>30 × 10 4 mm −3) and an elevated NLR (>3) were allocated a score of 2, and patients showing one or neither were allocated a score of 1 or 0, respectively.


          Four-hundred and eighty patients were enrolled. Multivariate analysis of clinical characteristics selected by univariate analysis showed that the COP-NLR (1, 2/0) (odds ratio, 0.464; 95% confidence interval, 0.267–0.807; P=0.007) had an association with cancer-specific survival, along with pathology, lymph node metastasis, the serum levels of carcinoembryonic antigen, C-reactive protein and albumin, and the Glasgow Prognostic Score. Kaplan–Meier analysis and log-rank test revealed that the COP-NLR was able to divide such patients into three independent groups ( P<0.001).


          The COP-NLR is considered to be a useful predictor of postoperative survival in patients with CRC.

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                Br J Cancer
                Br. J. Cancer
                British Journal of Cancer
                Nature Publishing Group
                23 July 2013
                02 July 2013
                : 109
                : 2
                : 401-407
                [1 ]Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Dokkyo Medical University , Mibu, Tochigi 321-0293, Japan
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