Prognostic Value of Baseline Serum C-Reactive Protein Level in Intermediate-Risk Group Patients With Metastatic Renal-Cell Carcinoma Treated by First-Line Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor–Targeted Therapy

Kimiharu Takamatsu, Ryuichi Mizuno, Minami Omura, Shinya Morita, Kazuhiro Matsumoto, Kazunobu Shinoda, Takeo Kosaka, Toshikazu Takeda, Toshiaki Shinojima, Eiji Kikuchi, Hiroshi Asanuma, Masafumi Oyama, Shuji Mikami, Mototsugu Oya

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Because accumulating evidence underlines the association of systemic inflammation with metastatic renal-cell carcinoma (mRCC) progression, we evaluated baseline C-reactive protein (CRP) levels as a prognostic marker in 107 intermediate-risk mRCC patients treated with first-line targeted therapy. Baseline CRP could be a biomarker correlated with overall survival in the intermediate-risk group. Its cost efficacy and availability make CRP a helpful tool for reclassifying the intermediate-risk group. Background: Almost half of patients with metastatic renal-cell carcinoma (mRCC) are classified as intermediate risk by the International Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Database Consortium (IMDC) model. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether baseline C-reactive protein (CRP) levels predict overall survival (OS) in intermediate-risk group mRCC patients. Patients and Methods: Data from 107 intermediate-risk group mRCC patients receiving first-line targeted therapy were retrospectively reviewed. We evaluated the correlation between baseline CRP levels as well as other indices and OS. Results: Of the 107 patients with intermediate-risk disease, 46 patients (43%) were classified as having elevated CRP levels. The elevation of pretreatment serum CRP levels was the independent prognostic factor of OS in patients with intermediate risk (hazard ratio, 4.609; P =.001). The 1- and 3-year survival rates of patients with intermediate–nonelevated CRP were 90.0% and 64.7% compared to the favorable-risk group, at 92.1% and 68.5%, respectively. In contrast, the 1- and 3-year survival rates of patients with intermediate–elevated CRP were 80.5% and 37.4% compared to the poor-risk group, at 65.2% and 24.2%, respectively. Conclusion: Baseline CRP levels could divide mRCC patients in the intermediate-risk group into 2 prognostic subgroups.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Genitourinary Cancer
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018 Jan 1



  • Biomarker
  • International Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Database Consortium Model
  • Kidney cancer
  • Molecular targeted drug
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology

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