Li Chen

307 Hospital of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Peping, Beijing, China

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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine the disease-free and overall survival (DFS and OS, respectively) in 991 postgastrectomy gastric cancer patients untreated (n = 372) or treated with either oxaliplatin-based (n = 376) or docetaxel-based (n = 243) chemotherapy and to identify prognostic factors that could help establish subgroups of patients who would benefit from such treatment. The median follow-up duration was 55.3 months (range 31.2-90.8 months). Subgroup analyses revealed that gastric adenocarcinoma (DFS 56.9 vs 53.2 months, P = 0.180, χ(2) = 1.802; OS not reached vs 70.7 months, P = 0.521, χ(2) = 0.412), but not absolute signet ring cell (SRC) carcinoma (DFS 15.1/18.0 vs 10.1 months, P = 0.171/0.259, χ(2) = 1.874/1.275; OS 21.0/26.1 vs 20.5 months, P = 0.551/0.196, χ(2) = 0.355/1.674), patients undergoing either docetaxel- or oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy had a lower risk of recurrence and increased survival in comparison to those without chemotherapy. In the mixed SRC carcinoma patients, DFS and OS of patients treated with docetaxel-based regimen had a longer survival (DFS 50.1 vs 29.9 months, P = 0.046, χ(2) = 3.987; OS not reached vs 48.6 months, P = 0.016, χ(2) = 5.854) and lower risk of recurrence and death (DFS HR 0.540, 95 % CI 0.355-0.874, P = 0.012; OS HR 0.452, 95 % CI 0.259-0.790, P = 0.005) than oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy. Cumulatively, our results indicate that adjuvant chemotherapy is beneficial and that docetaxel-based regimen should be considered for patients with mixed SRC carcinoma.
    Medical oncology (Northwood, London, England). 09/2014; 31(9):159.
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    ABSTRACT: Overall, gastric cancer prognosis remains poor. Detailed characterization of molecular markers that govern gastric cancer pathogenesis is warranted to establish innovative therapeutic options. HIF-1α overexpression has been linked to poor gastric cancer prognosis. However, though researched for years, the prognostic role of HIF-1α in gastric cancer is still controversial. Hence, the objective of the present study was to analyze the prognostic values of HIF-1α, TGF-β, VEGF and pERK1/2 in gastric cancer patients following gastrectomy. This study included 446 patients with confirmed gastric cancer who underwent gastrectomy in a single Chinese Cancer Center between 2005 and 2006. Clinicopathologic features, as well as immunohistochemical analysis of TGF-β, HIF-1α, VEGF and pERK1/2 were determined. Long-term survival of these patients was analyzed using univariate and multivariate analyses. HIF-1α overexpression was more frequent in patients with hepatic metastases (71.6% versus 43.0% in those without hepatic metastases, P = 0.000, χ2 = 23.086) and more frequent in patients with peritoneum cavity metastasis (62.3% versus 43.0% in those without such metastasis, P = 0.000, χ2 = 13.691). In univariate analysis, patients with HIF-1α overexpression had a shorter disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) than patients with weak-expression (DFS: NA VS. 16.8 m, P = 0.000, χ2 = 74.937; OS: NA VS. 25.5 m, P = 0.000, χ2 = 90.594). Importantly, HIF-1α overexpression was a promising prognostic marker for poor survival by multivariate analysis (DFS: HR 2.766, 95%CI 2.136-2.583, P = 0.000; OS: HR 3.529, 95%CI 2.663-4.667, P = 0.000). HIF-1α overexpression could be considered a useful independent prognostic biomarker in gastric cancer after gastrectomy, and is correlated to both a poor overall survival and disease-free survival in these patients. HIF-1α expression can be used to stratify patients at higher risk for poor prognosis, and is potentially an important therapeutic target in gastric cancer patients.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(3):e90678. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To review the clinical data and treatment efficacy of bevacizumab in Chinese patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). A total of 96 patients with mCRC treated by chemotherapy plus bevacizumab in the PLA General Hospital between December 2005 and August 2012 were analyzed retrospectively by overall response rate, disease-control rate, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS). The tumor responses were assessed by the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors guidelines. A total of 96 patients with mCRC were identified. Median age was 53.6 years. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status was 0-2. By the end of follow-up (August 20, 2012), 54 patients exhibited progression (56.3%), and 39 (40.6%) patients had died. A total of 27 (28.1%) achieved partial response, and 48 patients (50.0%) had stable disease, exhibiting an overall response rate of 28.1% and a disease-control rate of 78.1%. The response rates of the first-line, second-line, and third-line (or later) therapy were 41.7%, 21.9%, and 15.8%, respectively. The median durations of the PFS and OS were 8.13 months and 14.80 months, respectively. The median durations of the PFS were 12.70 months, 8.30 months, and 6.40 months for first-line, second-line, and third-line (or later) therapy, respectively, and the median durations of the OS were 24.03 months, 14.90 months, and 11.03 months for first-line, second-line, and third-line (or later) therapy, respectively. A bevacizumab-containing chemotherapy regimen was well tolerated and effective in Chinese patients with mCRC.
    OncoTargets and Therapy 01/2013; 6:485-90. · 2.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background/Aims: This study evaluates the efficacy and safety of trastuzumab combined with docetaxel-based chemotherapy in previously treated metastatic gastric carcinoma of Chinese patients with HER2 over-expression. Methodology: Twenty-two metastatic gastric cancer patients with HER2 over-expression (3+ by immunohistochemistry or HER2 amplification by fluorescence in situ hybridization) previously treated with 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy were eligible. Trastuzumab was administrated at 8mg/kg as a loading dose followed by 6mg/kg every 21 days. Docetaxel-based chemotherapy regimens were also given every 21 days. Results: Median age was 56 years. ECOG performance status was 0-2. Thirteen patients (59.1%) achieved partial response (PR) and 7 patients (31.8%) had stable disease (SD). Median progression free survival was 6.8 months and the median overall survival was 16.0 months. A patient with 3+ HER2 expression and HER2 gene amplification achieved PR after 6 cycles of combined treatment and received operation. Interestingly, his HER2 expression status in tumor tissue turned into negative after operation and he was still alive without progression until now. Trastuzumab combined with docetaxel-based chemotherapy was well tolerated. Grade 3-4 hematological toxicities were leucopenia (31.8%), neutropenia (18.2%) thrombocytopenia (9.1%) and anemia (4.5%). No unexpected toxicities, treatment-related deaths and symptomatic congestive heart failure were observed. Conclusions: Combinations of trastuzumab plus docetaxel-based regimens were well tolerated and effective in previously treated metastatic gastric cancer of Chinese patients with HER2 over-expression or gene amplification.
    Hepato-gastroenterology 04/2012; 59(120). · 0.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the expressions of leptin and leptin receptor in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and explore the clinicopathological significance. The expressions of leptin and leptin receptor were examined by immunohistochemistry in 81 HCC patients undergoing curative tumor resection. The correlations between the expression of two biomarkers and the clinicopathological factors were analyzed. The overexpression rate of leptin and leptin receptor in HCC was 56.8% and 35.8%, respectively. No significant correlation was observed between their overexpression (r=0.236, P=0.034). Leptin receptor overexpression was significantly correlated to the tumor size and TNM stage (P<0.05), but not to age, body mass index, α-fetoprotein, hepatitis B surface antigen status, tumor grade, vascular invasion, or liver cirrhosis (P≥0.05). Leptin overexpression showed no significant correlations to the above clinicopathological factors (P≥0.05). Leptin receptor overexpression may have an inhibitory effect on hepatocellular carcinoma. The expression status of leptin receptor decides the action of leptin and leptin receptor after their binding.
    Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University 05/2011; 31(5):830-3.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the prognostic value of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor receptor-alpha (PDGFR-a) and beta (PDGFR-ß) expression in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).? The expression of PDGFR-a, PDGFR-ß and VEGF in 63 HCC patients who underwent curative resection was examined by immunohistochemistry (IHC). The correlations between the expression of these biomarkers and the clinicopathological characteristics were analyzed. Patient survival was analyzed by univariate analysis and Cox proportional hazards model.? Univariate survival analysis showed that PDGFR-a or PDGFR-ß overexpression was of no prognostic significance in predicting disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) (p>0.05), while VEGF overexpression and PDGFR-a/PDGFR-ß/VEGF coexpression were significantly correlated with worse DFS and poorer OS in HCC patients (p<0.05). More importantly, PDGFR-a/PDGFR-ß/VEGF coexpression was an independent prognostic marker for poor survival as indicated by multivariate Cox regression analysis (DFS, hazard ratio 3.122, p=0.001; OS, hazard ratio 4.260, p=0.000).? Coexpression of PDGFR-a, PDGFR-ß and VEGF could be considered an independent prognostic biomarker for predicting DFS and OS in HCC patients. This result could be used to identify patients at a higher risk of tumor recurrence and poor prognosis, and help to select therapeutic schemes for the treatment of HCC.
    The International journal of biological markers 01/2011; 26(2):108-16. · 1.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ras/ERK and PI3K/Akt pathways are reported to play a prognostic role and contribute to drug resistance in many cancers. The objective of this study was to explore associations between the expression levels of several molecules in Ras/ERK and PI3K/Akt pathways and their clinical significance in predicting the effectiveness of postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The expressions of K-ras, Raf-1, ERK1/2, phosphorylated ERK1/2 (pERK1/2), Akt-1, phosphorylated Akt-1 (pAkt-1), and Bcl-2 were detected by immunohistochemistry in tumor specimens from 144 NSCLC patients. The correlations between the expression levels of these molecules and the clinicopathological characteristics were analyzed. Patient survival was analyzed by Kaplan-Meier method, log-rank test, and Cox regression. The positive expression rates of K-ras, Raf-1, ERK1/2, pERK1/2, Akt-1, pAkt-1, and Bcl-2 were 21.5%, 41.7%, 59.7%, 27.1%, 50.7%, 36.1%, and 30.6%, respectively. Univariate analysis showed that patients with pERK1/2-positive (P = 0.01), Bcl-2-positive (P = 0.023), or pAkt-1 negative (P = 0.021) had significantly better recurrence-free survival (RFS) than those with pERK1/2-negative, Bcl-2-negative, or pAkt-1-positive. Multivariate analysis showed that earlier stage (P ≤ 0.001), non-adenocarcinoma (P ≤ 0.001), pERK1/2-positive (P ≤ 0.001), and pAkt-1-negative (P = 0.016) were independent prognostic factors for a better RFS in NSCLC. pERK1/2-positive and pAkt-1-negative proved to contribute to a better RFS in postoperative NSCLC patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy after taking the stage and histological subtype into account. pERK1/2 and pAkt-1 could be considered as new independent prognostic biomarkers for predicting RFS and selecting patients who are more likely to benefit from postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy.
    Tumor Biology 11/2010; 32(2):381-90. · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the prognostic values of Raf-1 kinase (Raf-1), phosphorylated mitogen extracellular kinase 1 (pMEK1), and phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase 1/2(pERK1/2) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. We assessed the expressions of Raf-1, pMEK1, and pERK1/2 in HCC using immunohistochemical techniques. The relationships between the expressions of Raf-1, pMEK1, and pERK1/2 and the prognosis were explored. The over-expression rates of Raf-1, pMEK1, and pERK1/2 in HCC were 38.3%, 46.7%, and 38.3%, respectively. The over-expressions of Raf-1, pMEK1, and pERK1/2 were positively correlated with each other (P>0.05), but had no significant correlation with sex, age, α-fetoprotein, hepatitis B surface antigen status, the TNM stage, size,differentiation and vascular invasion of tumor, and liver cirrhosis (P>0.05). Univariate survival analysis and COX proportional hazard regression model showed that Raf-1 over-expression was an independent prognostic factor of poor survival (P<0.05). Raf-1 over-expression is an independent marker for the patients of HCC, which may provide new clue in the future targeted therapy.
    Zhongguo yi xue ke xue yuan xue bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae 08/2010; 32(4):424-8.
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    ABSTRACT: Background/Aims: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of sorafenib combined with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) in patients with advanced primary hepatocellular carcinoma. Methodology: A retrospective analysis of 65 patients with advanced primary hepatocellular carcinoma who had been administered sorafenib for more than one month and treated by TACE was performed. The tumor response was evaluated according to the response evaluation criteria in solid tumors and any side effects were recorded. Results: Twelve patients entered a partial remission, 42 entered a stable condition, and the disease progressed in 11 patients. The disease control and objective regression rates were 83.1% and 18.5%, respectively. The one-year survival rate was 63.1%. Among the cases, the median overall survival time was 17 months, and the median time to progression was 9 months. The overall side effects rate was 78.5% and most were relieved after treatment. Conclusions: Sorafenib combined with TACE is a safe and effective treatment of advanced primary hepatocellular carcinoma.
    Hepato-gastroenterology 60(122):305-10. · 0.77 Impact Factor