Published: 2018-05-22

Epidermal growth factor receptor protein expression in lung cancer and survival analysis

Shivalingaswamy Salimath, Jayaraj B. S., Mahesh P. A., M. D. Majeed Pasha, Lokesh K. S., Mahendra M.


Background: Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) is one of the important molecules involved in lung cancer initiation and progression. Studies on over expression of EGFR and its survival in relation with Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients have yielded controversial results. Prevalence of EGFR expression in NSCLC patients and 6-month survival in south Indian population is unknown.

Methods: We carried out a prospective study in tertiary hospital. Diagnosed patients with NSCLC were included in the study and were interviewed with questionnaire containing demography and investigations like Chest X-ray, CT thorax, Bronchoscopy were recorded. EGFR expression analysis was done for all patients and were followed up monthly for 6 months and details of survival and treatment were collected. Cox regression analysis was used to assess their survival.

Results: 50 patients with NSCLC were included. Forty-four (88%) were men, median age of study group was 65 years. Twenty-seven patients (54%) had Adenocarcinoma, 14 patients (28%) had Squamous cell carcinoma, 7 patients (14%) had poorly differentiated carcinoma and 2 patients (4%) had large cell carcinoma. Thirty-four (68%) samples were positive for EGFR expression. On multivariate analysis we found patients who took chemotherapy and with good performance status (Karnofsky score >65 and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group >2.5) had better survival at 6 months.

Conclusions: Patients with EGFR positivity had better survival with chemotherapy but worse with radiotherapy. Patients who took chemotherapy and had good performance status had better survival on multivariate analysis. We didn’t find any correlation between EGFR positivity and poor survival.


Chemotherapy, EGFR, Lung cancer, NSCLC, Survival

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