J Cancer 2019; 10(2):479-487. doi:10.7150/jca.26989

Research Paper

The Prognostic Value of Pretreatment Plasma Fibrinogen in Urological Cancers: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Haifeng Song1,2,3*, Guanyu Kuang2,3*, Zhenan Zhang1,2,3, Binglei Ma1,2,3, Jie Jin1,2,3, Qian Zhang1,2,3✉

1. Department of Urology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing 100034, China
2. Institute of Urology, Peking University, Beijing 100034, China
3. National Research Center for Genitourinary Oncology, Beijing 100034, China
*These authors contributed equally to this work.


Objective: Growing evidence suggests pretreatment fibrinogen can serve as a prognostic marker in various malignancies. However, there are contradictory results about the prognostic role of fibrinogen in urological cancers. We conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the association between pretreatment plasma fibrinogen and survival outcomes in urological cancers.

Methods: After a systematic search of PubMed and Embase, we included 14 studies in our meta-analysis, and estimated hazard ratios (HRs) for overall survival (OS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS) using a fixed-effect model.

Results: Our results indicate that pretreatment plasma fibrinogen is a prognostic factor in urological cancers (OS: HR=2.21, 95% CI=1.91-2.57, P<0.001, CSS: HR=2.67, 95% CI=2.23-3.19, P<0.001). Elevated pretreatment plasma fibrinogen is associated with poorer survival in prostate cancer (OS: HR=2.26, 95% CI=1.47-3.48, P<0.001; CSS: HR=2.42, 95% CI=1.44-4.07, P=0.001), renal cell carcinoma (OS: HR=2.13, 95% CI=1.75-2.61, P<0.001; CSS: HR=2.99, 95% CI=2.29-3.89, P<0.001) and upper tract urothelial carcinoma (OS: HR=2.34, 95% CI=1.81-3.02, P<0.001; CSS: HR=2.43, 95% CI=1.84-3.20, P<0.001). Subgroup analyses showed that plasma fibrinogen has a more negative impact on survival in Caucasian patients (OS: HR=2.52, 95% CI=1.95-3.25, P<0.001; CSS: HR=2.83, 95% CI=1.92-4.17, P<0.001) than Asian patients (OS: HR=2.07, 95% CI=1.73-2.49, P<0.001; CSS: HR=2.63, 95% CI=2.14-3.22, P<0.001). The prognostic value of fibrinogen is also consistent when stratified by different cut-off values.

Conclusions: These results show that high pretreatment plasma fibrinogen levels can predict poorer OS and CSS in patients with urological cancers.

Keywords: fibrinogen, urological cancers, prognosis, biomarker, meta-analysis

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Song H, Kuang G, Zhang Z, Ma B, Jin J, Zhang Q. The Prognostic Value of Pretreatment Plasma Fibrinogen in Urological Cancers: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Cancer 2019; 10(2):479-487. doi:10.7150/jca.26989. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v10p0479.htm