Prognostic effects of 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in gastric cancer

State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Guangzhou 510060, China.
Journal of Translational Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.93). 01/2012; 10(1):16. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5876-10-16
Source: PubMed


Results from large epidemiologic studies on the association between vitamin D and gastric cancer are controversial. Vitamin D significantly promotes apoptosis in the undifferentiated gastric cancer cell, but the prognostic effects of its levels are unknown.
197 gastric carcinoma patients who received treatment in the cancer centre of Sun Yat-sen University from January 2002 to January 2006 were involved in the study. The stored blood drawn before any treatment was assayed for 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels. The clinicopathologic data were collected to examine the prognostic effects of vitamin D.
The mean vitamin D levels of the 197 gastric patients was 49.85 ± 23.68 nmol/L, among whom 114(57.9%) were deficient in Vitamin D(< 50 nmol/L), 67(34%) were insufficient (50-75 nmol/L) and 16(8.1%) were sufficient (> 75 nmol/L). Clinical stage (P = 0.004) and lymph node metastasis classification (P = 0.009) were inversely associated with vitamin D levels. The patients with high vitamin D levels group (≥ 50 nmol/L) had a higher overall survival compared with the low vitamin D levels group (< 50 nmol/L)(P = 0.018). Multivariate analysis indicated that vitamin D levels were an independent prognostic factor of gastric cancer (P = 0.019).
Vitamin D deficiency may be associated with poor prognosis in gastric cancer.

Download full-text


Available from: Miao-Zhen Qiu
  • Source
    • "Vitamin D levels have also been shown to have an impact on the clinical outcomes of several cancer types, including breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers as well as leukemia and lymphoma [9-13]. For example, higher 25(OH)D levels at the time of diagnosis in patients with colorectal cancer were associated with a significant reduction in overall mortality (p = 0.02) and an improvement in overall survival [10]. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among patients with cancer has been previously reported. Because vitamin D is fat soluble, patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma may have an especially high risk of vitamin D deficiency in association with ongoing and varying degrees of malabsorption. However, little is known about the correlation between vitamin D status and prognosis in these patients. We conducted a retrospective review of vitamin D status in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma who were treated at Siteman Cancer Center. Patients' demographic information, clinical staging at the time of vitamin D assessment, vitamin D levels, and survival data were collected. Vitamin D deficiency was defined as a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) level of less than 20 ng/mL, and vitamin D insufficiency was defined as a 25(OH)D level of between 20 ng/mL and 30 ng/mL. Between December 2007 and June 2011, 178 patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma had their vitamin D levels checked at the time of initial visit at this center. Of these 178 patients, 87 (49%) had vitamin D deficiency, and 44 (25%) had vitamin D insufficiency. The median 25(OH)D level was significantly lower among nonwhite patients and among patients with stage I and II disease. A 25(OH)D level of less than 20 ng/mL was found to be associated with poor prognosis (p = 0.0019) in patients with stage III and IV disease. Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency were prevalent among patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The vitamin D level appears to be prognostic for patients with advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and its effects should be further examined in a prospective study.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2013 · Journal of Translational Medicine
  • Source
    • "Vitamin D deficiency has been observed in patients with various cancer types and has been correlated with advanced stage of disease (Churilla et al., 2012). Reduced vitamin D status has been associated with either poor prognosis or development of lung, thyroid, breast, gastric, colon, and head and neck cancers (Cheng and Neuhouser, 2012; Imtiaz et al., 2012; Orell-Kotikangas et al., 2012; Pereira et al., 2012; Roskies et al., 2012; Ren et al., 2012). Decreased levels of vitamin D have also been found in patients with ovarian cancer as compared to the general population (Bakhru et al., 2010). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Background: The role of vitamin D receptor (VDR) single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ovarian cancer has been studied in various populations; however, these results are discordant between different ethnicities. Method: Using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method, we studied the prevalence of the VDR FokI (rs2228570) and BsmI (rs1544410) SNPs in women with ovarian cancer (n=168) and controls (n=182) in a Polish population. Results: We found a significant contribution of the BsmI SNP Bb+BB-versus-bb dominant inheritance model to ovarian cancer development (p=0.0221, p(corr)=0.0442, odds ratio [OR]=1.648 [95% confidence intervals, CI=1.073-2.532]). However, we did not observe an association of the BsmI SNP BB versus Bb+bb recessive inheritance model in patients (p=0.8059, OR=1.093 [95% CI=0.538-2.218]). Moreover, there was no association of FokI SNPs either in Ff+ff versus FF dominant or ff versus Ff+FF recessive inheritance models with ovarian cancer development (p=0.9924, OR=1.002 [95% CI=0.628-1.599] and p=0.1123, OR=1.542 [95% CI=0.901-2.638], respectively). The p-values of the trend test observed for the VDR BsmI and FokI SNPs in patients with ovarian cancer were p(trend)=0.0613 and p(trend)=0.3655, respectively. Conclusion: Our study indicates that the VDR B gene variant might be a moderate risk factor of ovarian cancer development in the Polish population.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2013 · Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Evidence continues to mount that vitamin D reduces the risk and mortality rates of many types of disease. However, evidence from prospective cohort studies is sometimes weaker than that from case-control and ecological studies. A suggested reason for this discrepancy is that, because serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] change over time, a single 25(OH)D concentration measurement taken at study enrollment does not reliably indicate 25(OH)D concentration related to the health outcome. To evaluate this suggestion further, this paper plots results from 12 prospective cohort studies of all-cause mortality rate vs. follow-up time. The regression fit to the hazard ratio per 20-nmol/l increase in serum 25(OH)D concentration vs. time increased from 0.82 (95% CI, 0.67-1.02) for 6 y to 0.96 (95% CI, 0.90-1.01) for 14 y. The value extrapolated for zero follow-up time was 0.72 (95% CI, 0.50-1.03), giving a hazard ratio reduction 3.5 times higher than the standard result from the meta-analysis [0.92 (95% CI, 0.89-0.95)]. Using the example of the Vitamin D Pooling Project of Rarer Cancers, this paper also discusses follow-up time's effect in interpreting prospective cohort studies of cancer outcome. This paper recommends that meta-analyses of prospective cohort studies account for follow-up time and, if possible, that studies measure serum 25(OH)D concentration every 2-4 y.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2012 · Dermato-Endocrinology
Show more