Colorectal carcinoma associated with ulcerative colitis: A study of prognostic indicators

Tomas M. Heimann, Sangbaek C. Oh, Giorgio Martinelli, Arnold Szporn, Neil Luppescu, Craig A. Lembo, Robert J. Kurtz, Thomas M. Fasy, Adrian J. Greenstein

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Fifty-two patients with ulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer undergoing colectomy at the Mount Sinai Hospital between 1973 and 1988 were studied retrospectively to determine the correlation of age, sex, duration of colitis, tumor location, number of cancers, tumor differentiation, colloid content, presence of signet ring cells, Dukes' classification, and DNA ploidy with survival. The mean age was 45 years, with a mean duration of colitis of 21 years. Five patients (10%) had Dukes' A lesions, 17 (33%) had Dukes' B lesions, 17 (33%) had Dukes' C lesions, and 13 (25%) had distant metastases. Thirty patients (58%) had well- or moderately differentiated tumors, whereas tumors were poorly differentiated in 22 (42%). Twenty-eight patients (54%) had colloid tumors, and, in 14 (27%), signet ring cells were present. Thirty-one patients (60%) had nondiploid tumors. Actuarial analysis revealed that the 5-year survival rate was significantly worse for patients with nondiploid tumors (76% versus 32%). When stratified by stage, only patients with Dukes' C lesions showed a significant difference in survival for diploid versus nondiploid tumors. Multivariate analysis showed that the Dukes' classification was the best prognostic indicator, followed by tumor differentiation and DNA ploidy. Tumor location, colloid content, number of cancers, duration of disease, age, and sex did not correlate with the prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-17
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1992


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