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Poster Display session

430 - Monocyte-to-lymphocye ratio (MLR) and LDH level in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients (pts)


14 Dec 2018


Poster Display session


Debora Basile


Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_10): x1-x10. 10.1093/annonc/mdy493


D. Basile1, L. Gerratana1, C. Corvaja1, G. Pelizzari1, S.K. Garattini1, C. Lisanti1, M. Bartoletti1, L. Bortot1, V. Fanotto1, E. Ongaro1, F. Cortiula1, A. Parnofiello1, M.G. Vitale1, L. Da Ros2, P. Di Nardo2, E. Torrisi2, M. Guardascione3, G. Miolo4, A. Buonadonna2, F. Puglisi5

Author affiliations

  • 1 Department Of Medicine (dame), University of Udine, 33100 - Udine/IT
  • 2 Unit Of Medical Oncology And Cancer Prevention, CRO National Cancer Institute, 33081 - Aviano/IT
  • 3 Clinical And Experimental Pharmacology, CRO di Aviano, 33081 - Aviano/IT
  • 4 Unit Of Medical Oncology And Cancer Prevention, Centro di Riferimento Oncologico, 33081 - Aviano/IT
  • 5 Unit Of Medical Oncology And Cancer Prevention; Department Of Medicine (dame), CRO National Cancer Institute; University of Udine, 33081 - Aviano/IT


Abstract 430


Tumor microenvironment (TME) is a pitch for multiple players, where the crosstalk between tumor and immune cells determines the fate of tumor progression. In fact, immune system may either destroy or paradoxically promote cancer growth, by recruiting immunosuppressive and inflammatory cells. MLR and LDH levels could be dynamic biomarkers that provide indirect information about TME and are associated with poor prognosis in many tumors. Therefore, we evaluated their prognostic impact in mCRC pts.


We conducted a retrospective cohort study evaluating consecutive data of 165 mCRC pts treated in 2004-2017 at the Unit of Medical Oncology and Oncology Prevention, CRO of Aviano. The prognostic impact of MLR and LDH levels on overall survival (OS) was analyzed through uni- and multivariate Cox regression analysis.


At median follow-up of 61.87 months, median OS was 30.74 months. Overall, 100 pts (62%) were aged <65, 63 pts (39%) had a left tumor, 9 (6%) had a BRAF mutation and 45 (28%) had a KRAS mutation, underestimated for the missing data. High levels of LDH (>480 U/L) and MLR (>0.44) were discovered in 35 (21%) and 40 pts (24%), respectively. By univariate analysis, resection (HR 0.25, P < 0.001, 95% CI 0.14-0.45), metastasectomy (HR 0.46, P < 0.001, 95%CI 0.30-0.70) and sidness (left tumors: HR 0.58, P = 0.035, 95%CI 0.36-0.96) were associated with better OS. Conversely, older age (HR 1.63, P = 0.014, 95%CI 1.10-2.42), KRAS mutation (HR 1.77, P = 0.017, 95%CI 1.19-2.85), LDH or MLR high (HR 2.92, P < 0.001, 95% CI 1.77-4.79) or both (HR 4.02, P < 0.001, 95%CI 1.93-8.37) were associated with worse OS. By multivariate analysis, metastasectomy (HR 0.53, P = 0.04, 95%CI 0.29-0.97), KRAS mutation (2.10, P = 0.014, 95% CI 1.16-3.79), LDH or MLR high (HR 3.05, P < 0.001, 95%CI 1.68-5.55) or both (HR 2.65, P = 0.039, 95%CI 1.05-6.68) confirmed their impact on OS. Interestingly, high MLR was associated with right and rectum tumors P = 0.007).


We showed that high baseline LDH, MLR or both are poor prognostic factors in mCRC pts adding further evidence of the interlink between immune system, inflammation and cancer. However, further prospective and translational studies are needed to better deepen this topic.

Editorial acknowledgement

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

CRO, IRCCS, National Cancer Institute of Aviano.


Has not received any funding.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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