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Prognostic Value of Drinking Status and Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 2 Polymorphism in Patients With Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

By Daisuke Kawakita

Abstract

Background: The association between alcohol drinking, aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) polymorphism, and survival in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) remains unclear.\ud Methods: We performed a retrospective cohort study of 267 HNSCC patients at Aichi Cancer Center. Of these, 65 patients (24%) were non-drinkers, 104 (39%) were light drinkers (ethanol <46 g or <5 days/week), 46 (17%) were moderate drinkers (ethanol intake 46–68 g/day and ≥5 days/week), and 52 (20%) were heavy drinkers (ethanol intake ≥69 g and ≥5 days/week). The prognostic value of pre-treatment drinking status and ALDH2 polymorphism was investigated using multivariate proportional hazard models.\ud Results: Drinking status was associated with disease-free survival (DFS) in HNSCC patients, with marginal statistical significance (5-year DFS: 67.9% [95% confidence interval {CI}, 53.8–78.4%] for non-drinkers, 57.6% [95% CI, 47.4–66.6%] for light drinkers, 46.1% [95% CI, 30.8–60.1%] for moderate drinkers, and 43.5% [95% CI, 29.3–56.9%] for heavy drinkers; P = 0.088). However, this association lost significance when multivariate analyses were adjusted for established prognostic factors. ALDH2 genotype was not significantly associated with DFS in HNSCC patients (5-year DFS: 85.7% [95% CI, 53.9–96.2%] for Lys/Lys, 56.2% [95% CI, 47.4–64.1%] for Glu/Lys, and 50.5% [95% CI, 40.3–59.7%] for Glu/Glu; P = 0.154). After stratification by ALDH2 genotype, we observed a significant positive dose-response relationship between drinking status and DFS in HNSCC patients with ALDH2 Glu/Glu (Ptrend = 0.029).\ud Conclusions: In this study, we identified a significant positive dose-response relationship between pre-treatment drinking status and DFS in HNSCC patients with ALDH2 Glu/Glu. To confirm this association, further study is warranted.\u

Topics: alcohol drinking, ALDH2, head and neck cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, survival, Medicine (General), R5-920
Publisher: Japan Epidemiological Association
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.2188/jea.JE20140240
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:372e30c96ea545cfa879a536c3cfa1d6
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