Prognostic significance of DNA cytometry for adjuvant therapy response in pancreatic cancer

J Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul;112(1):66-71. doi: 10.1002/jso.23951.


Background and objectives: The continuous progress in treatment options for pancreatic adenocarcinoma has lead to a re-evaluation of prognostic markers. In this study the prognostic relevance of DNA Index and classical histopathological parameters with regard to disease-free (DFS) and overall survival (OS) was analyzed within the CONKO-001 patient population.

Methods: One hundred forty three fresh-frozen paraffin-embedded tissue samples of the resected tumor specimen of the CONKO-001 patient population were available for DNA index analysis to evaluate its impact on patient outcome.

Results: Median DFS (7.3 vs. 14.3 months; P = 0.004) and median OS (16.6 vs. 29.2 months; P = 0.011) were significantly decreased in patients with a high DNA index (>1.4). Multivariate analysis revealed both DNA index (DFS: P = 0.002; OS: P = 0.019) and tumor grading (DFS: P = 0.004; OS: P = 0.004) as individual prognostic markers for DFS and OS. The following prognostic subgroups were identified: good (low DNA Index + G1/2 tumor grading), intermediate (low DNA Index + G3 tumor grading or high DNA Index + G1/2 tumor grading), poor (high DNA Index + G3 tumor grading).

Conclusion: The DNA index/tumor grading constellation may serve as a helpful guide for personalized treatment recommendations for adjuvant therapy of patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

Keywords: CONKO-001; DNA Index; adjuvant therapy; pancreatic adenocarcinoma; tumor grading.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / drug therapy
  • Adenocarcinoma / genetics*
  • Adenocarcinoma / mortality
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis*
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • DNA, Neoplasm / analysis*
  • DNA, Neoplasm / genetics
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Image Cytometry / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Grading
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / mortality
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Survival Rate
  • Tissue Array Analysis


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • DNA, Neoplasm