Neoadjuvant chemotherapy has been increasingly practiced on gastric cancer (GC), and histological evaluation to predict outcome is urgent in clinical practice. There are five classic tumor regression grading (TRG) systems, including Mandard-TRG system, the Japanese Gastric Cancer Association (JGCA)-TRG system, College of American Pathologists (CAP)-TRG system, China-TRG system and Becker-TRG system.
Totally, 192 patients of gastric adenocarcinoma (including adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction) treated by neoadjuvant chemotherapy and surgery were evaluated using the above five TRG systems. The clinicopathological characteristics were also assessed. The correlation among TRG systems, clinicopathological characteristics and prognosis were analyzed.
All the five TRG systems were significantly correlated with differentiation, postsurgical T category, postsurgical N category, American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) stage, lymph-vascular invasion, perineural invasion, as well as tumor size. All the five TRG systems were statistically significant in univariate Cox survival analysis. However, only postsurgical T category, postsurgical N category and R0 resection were independent in multivariate Cox survival analysis. The tight correlation between the TRG systems and other characteristics such as postsurgical stage might affect the independent prognostic role of the TRG systems. As compared with other TRG systems, the hazard ratio of no/slightly response in both Mandard TRG system and JGCA TRG system revealed higher hazard of death and disease progression than that of severe response when using univariate Cox survival analysis. The median survival time of complete response and nearly complete response were much longer than that of partial response, all classified by Mandard-TRG system. This could help clinicians predict prognosis more reasonably than JGCA-TRG which does not have the category of nearly complete response.
We recommend Mandard-TRG system for GC after neoadjuvant chemotherapy due to its better prediction of prognosis.
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