We investigated the significance of prognostic markers-estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, p53, MIB-1 and bcl-2 - in adenocarcinoma of the uterine cervix. In 101 patients with primary cervical adenocarcinoma, treated from 1989 to 2000, we evaluated clinical parameters in relation to these prognostic markers. Mean age of patients was 45 years. Seventy eight percent of the patients were in FIGO stage I, 16% stage II, 7% stage III and IV. estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, p53 and bcl-2 immunoreactivity was scored as 0 (up to 5% positive cells), 1+ (5-25% of cells positive), 2+ (26-50% of cells positive), 3+ (51-75% of cells positive) or 4+ (>76% of cells positive). MIB-1 was scored in 10 categories: 0-10,11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90, 91-100. The overall survival rate was 67%. Survival was not influenced by estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, MIB-1, or bcl-2 strongly positive staining. Only p53 showed significant influence on survival, even when adjusted for stage or tumor grade. In conclusion, it does not seems useful to determine estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, MIB-1 or bcl-2 in cervical adenocarcinomas as an indication of prognosis: survival is not influenced by presence or absence. However, if p53 staining is strongly positive survival is significantly worse than in tumors scored as negative or weak positive.

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doi.org/10.1002/ijc.22678, hdl.handle.net/1765/35320
International Journal of Cancer
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Baalbergen, A., Ewing-Graham, P., Eijkemans, R., & Helmerhorst, T. (2007). Prognosis of adenocarcinoma of the uterine cervix: p53 expression correlates with higher incidence of mortality. International Journal of Cancer, 121(1), 106–110. doi:10.1002/ijc.22678