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Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio is a strong predictor for overall survival and disease free survival in many cancers. Our study is the first investigation aiming to determine the predictive value of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio on prognosis of patients with stage III melanoma. This retrospective study utilized a cohort of 107 patients with stage III melanoma treated at Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, from May 2002 to March 2016. The optimal cutoff of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio was determined by the significance of log-rank tests. A total of 97 log-rank tests were conducted to find the optimal cutoff. Disease free survival was assessed using the Kaplan-Meier method, and univariable and multivariable Cox models were applied to evaluate the predictive value of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio. 2.5 was identified as the optimal cutoff. Kaplan-Meier curve showed that the disease free survival rate of the low value group was significantly higher compared to that of high value group. After adjusting for confounders and other prognostic factors, the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio ≥ 2.5 remained a strong predictor for disease recurrence in patients with stage III melanoma.

Concepts: Cancer, Lung cancer, Cancer staging, Thought experiment, University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Sigma Chi, Jon Huntsman, Sr.


Conditional survival (CS) is a clinically useful prediction measure which adjusts a patient’s prognosis based on their duration of survival since initiation of therapy. CS has been described in numerous malignancies, and recently described in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) who received vascular endothelial growth factor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (VEGFTKI) therapy. However, CS has been not reported in the context of mRCC treated with high-dose interleukin-2 therapy (HDIL-2). A total of 176 patients with histologically confirmed metastatic clear cell RCC (mccRCC) treated with HDIL-2 at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute from 1988-2012 were evaluated. Using the Heng/IMDC model, they were stratified by performance status and prognostic risk groups. Two-year CS was defined as the probability of surviving an additional two years from initiation of HDIL-2 to 18 months after the start of HDIL-2 at three-month intervals. The median overall survival (OS) was 19.9 months. Stratifying patients into favourable (n = 35; 20%), intermediate (n = 110; 63%), and poor (n = 31; 18%) prognostic groups resulted in median OS of 47.5 (HR 0.57, 95% CI 0.35-0.88, p = 0.0106 versus intermediate), 19.6 (HR 0.33, 95% CI 0.10-0.33, p < 0.0001 versus poor), and 8.8 (HR 5.34, 95% CI 3.00-9.62, p < 0.0001 versus favourable) months respectively. Two-year overall CS increased from 43% at therapy initiation to 100% at 18 months. These results have significant ramifications in prognostication. Furthermore, it is important when counseling patients with mccRCC who have completed treatment with HDIL-2 and are in active follow-up.

Concepts: Cancer, Signal transduction, Lung cancer, Prognosis, Renal cell carcinoma, TheStart, University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute


In July, the Tisch Cancer Institute in New York became the 69th cancer center in the United States to earn NCI designation. Four other NCI-designated cancer centers attained comprehensive status: the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute; the University of Texas Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center; Baylor College of Medicine’s Duncan Cancer Center; and the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.

Concepts: United States, U.S. state, New York City, Native Americans in the United States, Texas, New Mexico, University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute