No correlation between ras, c-myc and c-jun proto-oncogene expression and prognosis in advanced carcinoma of cervix.
Symonds RP., Habeshaw T., Paul J., Kerr DJ., Darling A., Burnett RA., Sotsiou F., Linardopoulos S., Spandidos DA.
55 patients suffering from stage III or IV carcinoma of cervix were treated with two pulses of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy prior to radical radiotherapy. 51% (26/51) had a partial response. The initial response to chemotherapy is associated with significantly better long-term survival. The 3-year survival of chemotherapy responders is 62% against 21% for non-responders (P = 0.009 log-rank test). To detect possible differences in oncogene expression in biopsy specimens taken from responding and non-responding patients, paraffin-fixed material was immunocytochemically stained for the expression of the protein products of ras, c-myc and c-jun proto-oncogenes. The frequency of oncogene expression was ras 80.4%, c-myc 45.1% and c-jun 39.2%. There was no statistically significant association between oncogene expression, time to local recurrence or development of metastases or survival.