Prognostic value of immunohistochemical expression of HER-2/neu in patients with lung carcinoma

  • Biljana Ilievska Poposka
  • Snezana Smickova
  • Simonida Jovanovska Crvenkovska
  • Beti Zafirova Ivanovska
  • Tome Stefanovski
  • Gordana Petrusevska

Abstract

Background. The amplification and the overexpression of the Her-2/neu gene have been shown in certain human tumours and are postulated to be important in human carcinogenesis. In this study we evaluated the expression of HER-2/neu gene in patients with lung carcinoma (LC) and assessed its prognostic significance.

Patients and methods. HER-2/neu expression was determined in 127 LC patients using immunohistochemistry (IHC) performed on paraffin-embedded section – Hercep TestTM (DAKO).

Results. The overall HER-2/neu expression was seen in 36 (28.35%) of 127 LC patients. According to the histological type, HER-2/neu overexpression was detected in 12 patients with adenocarcinomas (60%), in 19 patients with squamous cell carcinomas (31.14%), in 4 patients with small cell-lung carcinomas (10%) and in 1 patient with other carcinomas (16.66%). Only in patients with small cell-lung carcinomas HER-2/ neu overexpression was in correlation with the stage of the disease (p<0.001). The patients with HER-2/neu positive expression were associated with a significantly shorter survival compared with those who were HER-2/neu negative (log rank, p<0.002).

Conclusions. These observations suggest that HER-2/neu positivity may serve as a prognostic indicator in patients with LC. HER-2/neu plays a role in identifying patients at risk for the shortened survival, who may benefit from a more aggressive therapy.

Published
2008-09-01
How to Cite
Ilievska Poposka, B., Smickova, S., Jovanovska Crvenkovska, S., Zafirova Ivanovska, B., Stefanovski, T., & Petrusevska, G. (2008). Prognostic value of immunohistochemical expression of HER-2/neu in patients with lung carcinoma. Radiology and Oncology, 42(3). Retrieved from https://radioloncol.com/index.php/ro/article/view/1197
Section
Clinical oncology