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Title: Flow cytometric analysis of nuclear DNA content in ovarian tumors. Association of ploidy with tumor type, histologic grade, and clinical stage.
Authors: Lage JM,  Weinberg DS,  Huettner PC,  Mark SD
Journal: Cancer
Date: 1992 Jun 1
Branches: BB
PubMed ID: 1571896
PMC ID: not available
Abstract: The authors undertook a prospective, flow cytometric study of nuclear DNA ploidy in 140 fresh ovarian tumors. There were 43 benign tumors, 27 borderline tumors, and 70 malignant tumors. Results of DNA ploidy analysis were compared to age at diagnosis, menopausal status, tumor size, histologic type, grade, and International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) stage. Although the majority of benign tumors were diploid, 19% were aneuploid. Among the benign tumors, DNA ploidy was significantly associated with tumor type and tumor size. All borderline tumors were diploid. Of the 70 malignant tumors, 64% were aneuploid. In the malignant tumors, DNA aneuploidy had significant univariate associations with histologic type, grade, and FIGO stage. By multivariate analysis, DNA aneuploidy remained significantly associated with stage and grade, both known predictors of survival in ovarian cancer. These results indicate that DNA ploidy varies with the aggressive potential of an ovarian cancer and may, at the time of initial diagnosis, provide additional information about tumor prognosis.