J Cancer 2017; 8(3):388-394. doi:10.7150/jca.16804

Research Paper

Primary Tumor Location as a Predictive Factor for First-line Bevacizumab Effectiveness in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients

Wen-Zhuo He*, Fang-Xin Liao*, Chang Jiang, Peng-Fei Kong, Chen-Xi Yin, Qiong Yang, Hui-Juan Qiu, Bei Zhang, Liang-Ping Xia

VIP Region, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center; State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China; Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510060, P. R. China.
*Wen-Zhuo He and Fang-Xin Liao contributed equally to this paper.

Abstract

Background: Published papers reported contradictory results about the correlation between bevacizumab effectiveness and primary tumor location of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).

Methods: 740 mCRC patients treated with chemotherapy (CT group) and 244 patients treated with bevacizumab plus chemotherapy as first-line setting (CT + B group) were included. Propensity score analyses were used for patients' stratification and matching. Kaplan-Meier curves with log-rank tests were used to detect different overall survival (OS).

Results: Patients in CT + B group had similar OS comparing with CT group only when the primary tumor located at right-side colon (20.2 for CT + B versus 19.7 months for CT group, p = 0.269). For left-side colon and rectal cancer patients, significantly longer OS were observed in CT + B than CT group.

Conclusion: Our data suggested only patients with left-side colon or rectal cancer could get survival benefit from the addition of bevacizumab to first-line chemotherapy.

Keywords: Colorectal cancer, metastasis, prognosis, bevacizumab, and location.

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How to cite this article:
He WZ, Liao FX, Jiang C, Kong PF, Yin CX, Yang Q, Qiu HJ, Zhang B, Xia LP. Primary Tumor Location as a Predictive Factor for First-line Bevacizumab Effectiveness in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients. J Cancer 2017; 8(3):388-394. doi:10.7150/jca.16804. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v08p0388.htm