Mismatch repair status and synchronous metastases in colorectal cancer: A nationwide cohort study

Andreas Nordholm-Carstensen, Peter-Martin Krarup, Dion Morton, Henrik Harling, Danish Colorectal Cancer Group

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The causality between the metastatic potential, mismatch repair status (MMR) and survival in colorectal cancer (CRC) is complex. This study aimed to investigate the impact of MMR in CRC on the occurrence of synchronous metastases (SCCM) and survival in patients with SCCM on a national basis. A nationwide cohort study of 6,692 patients diagnosed with CRC between 2010 and 2012 was conducted. Data were prospectively entered into the Danish Colorectal Cancer Group's database and merged with data from the Danish Pathology Registry and the National Patient Registry. Multivariable and multinomial logistic- and Cox-regression and proportional excess hazards analyses were used for confounder adjustment and to adjust for the general population mortality. In total, 983 of 6,692 patients (14.7%) had dMMR and 935 (14.0%) had SCCM. dMMR was associated with a decreased risk of SCCM, adjusted Odds Ratio (aOR) = 0.54 (95% confidence interval (CI):0.40-0.70, p < 0.001). The association only applied to confined hepatic metastases (aOR = 0.30, 95%CI: 0.18-0.49, p < 0.001), whereas the presence of confined pulmonary metastases (aOR = 0.71, 95% CI: 0.39-1.29, p = 0.258) or synchronous hepatic and pulmonary metastases (aOR = 0.69, 95% CI:0.26-1.29, p = 0.436) were unaffected by MMR. MMR in patients with SCCM had no impact on survival (Cox: adjusted Hazard Ratio (aHR) = 0.76, 95% CI: 0.54-1.06, p = 0.101; Proportional excess hazards: aHR = 0.73, 95% CI: 0.50-1.07, p = 0.111) when adjusting for other prognostic factors. The metastatic pattern varied according to MMR status. MMR had no impact on survival in patients with UICC Stage IV CRC. These findings may be important for the understanding of the metastatic processes and thus for optimizing staging and treatment in CRC patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2139-2148
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number9
Early online date12 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cohort Studies
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • DNA Mismatch Repair
  • Denmark
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Proportional Hazards Models


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