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BMC cancer

Correlation between EGFR gene mutation, cytologic tumor markers, 18F-FDG uptake in non-small cell lung cancer.


PMID 26979333

Abstract

EGFR mutation-induced cell proliferation causes changes in tumor biology and tumor metabolism, which may reflect tumor marker concentration and 18F-FDG uptake on PET/CT. Direct aspirates of primary lung tumors contain different concentrations of tumor markers than serum tumor markers, and may correlate better with EGFR mutation than serum tumor markers. The purpose of this study is to investigate an association between cytologic tumor markers and FDG uptake with EGFR mutation status in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We prospectively collected tumor aspirates of 61 patients who underwent EGFR mutation analysis. Serum and cytologic CYFRA 21-1, CEA, and SCCA levels were measured and correlated with EGFR gene mutations. FDG PET/CT was performed on 58 patients for NSCLC staging, and SUV was correlated with EGFR mutation status. Thirty (50%) patients had EGFR mutation and 57 patients had adenocarcinoma subtype. Univariate analysis showed that female gender, never smoker, high levels of cytologic CYFRA 21-1 (c-CYFRA) and lower maximum standard uptake value (SUVmax) were correlated with EGFR mutations. ROC generated cut-off values of 20.8 ng/ml for c-CYFRA and SUVmax of 9.6 showed highest sensitivity for EGFR mutation detection. Multivariate analysis revealed that female gender [hazard ratio (HR): 18.15, p = 0.025], higher levels of c-CYFRA (HR: 7.58, and lower SUVmax (HR: 0.08, p = 0.005) were predictive of harboring EGFR mutation. The cytologic tumor marker c-CYFRA was positively associated with EGFR mutations in NSCLC. EGFR mutation-positive NSCLCs have relatively lower glycolysis compared with NSCLCs without EGFR mutation.