Microinvasive squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix: Immunohistochemically detected prognostic factors in a case with poor clinical outcome

University of Vienna, Wien, Vienna, Austria
Gynecologic Oncology (Impact Factor: 3.77). 08/2003; 90(2):443-5. DOI: 10.1016/S0090-8258(03)00250-6
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Established prognostic factors for cervical cancer are tumor stage, vascular space invasion, tumor size/volume, depth of invasion, and lymph node status. Although patients with superficially invasive lesions have a very good prognosis, cases are still reported which have a poor clinical outcome.
We report a case of a 41-year-old woman with very early stromal invasion (0.6 mm deep and <1 mm wide) who presented with a pelvic recurrence at 3 years and then developed an anterior abdominal wall and disseminated peritoneal recurrence 4 years after extrafascial hysterectomy. Archival tissue of the cone biopsy was stained immunohistochemically for CD44v6, Her2-neu, p53, bcl-2, MMP-1, and VEGF and showed positive staining for CD44v6 and MMP-1.
The identification of new prognostic factors may enhance our understanding of the biologic behavior of early invasive cancer of the cervix. Our findings suggest that CD44v6 and MMP-1 may be markers worth further investigation in patients with microinvasive cervical cancer.

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    • "Some studies have demonstrated that high bcl-2 expression may be related to a good prognosis in several cancers, such as breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer, as well as lymphoma (Crawford et al. 1998; Dimitrakakis et al. 2000). Conversely, the expression of bcl-2 protein was nearly absent in progressing oral lesions (Chang et al. 2002), and present at low levels in a microinvasive squamous cervical carcinoma (Kohlberger et al. 2003). "
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