Prognostic significance of neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in patients with ovarian cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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The prognostic role of neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in patients with ovarian cancer remains inconsistent. This meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the predictive value of this biomarker for prognoses in ovarian cancer patients.We systematically searched PubMed, Web of Science, and Embase for eligible studies embracing multivariate results. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale were used to assess the study quality. Pooled hazard ratios (HRs), and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated.Ten studies involving 2919 patients were included in this meta-analysis. In multivariate analysis, the group with higher NLR had worse overall survival (OS) (HR = 1.34, 95% CI = 1.16-1.54) and shorter PFS (HR = 1.36, 95% CI = 1.17-1.57) than the control group. Furthermore, PLR values higher than the cut-off were associated with not only poorer OS (HR = 1.97, 95% CI = 1.61-2.40) but also more unfavorable PFS (HR = 1.79, 95% CI = 1.46-2.20). Univariate analysis also indicated the same results. Additionally, subgroup analysis showed that when the cut-off values for NLR and PLR were higher, their predictive effects became stronger.This comprehensive meta-analysis suggested that the values of inflammatory marker of NLR was associated with ovarian cancer survival. Therefore, inflammatory markers can potentially serve as prognostic biomarkers.


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Name: Medicine
ISSN: 1536-5964
Pages: e17475


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The ratio of two odds. The exposure-odds ratio for case control data is the ratio of the odds in favor of exposure among cases to the odds in favor of exposure among noncases. The disease-odds ratio for a cohort or cross section is the ratio of the odds in favor of disease among the exposed to the odds in favor of disease among the unexposed. The prevalence-odds ratio refers to an odds ratio derived cross-sectionally from studies of prevalent cases.

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