Quantitative measurements of serum Clq-binding macromolecules (ClqBM) and immunoglobulin A (IgA) were done on 162 patients using previously described methodology. The measurements were compared to a previously described head and neck cancer population. Using the Cox Proportional Hazards model, the prognostic implications regarding high ClqBM and subsequent death with disease (P = .02), and regional recurrence (P = .0094) were validated, but not our previous IgA-related prognostic implications. When both study populations were combined, ClqBM was predictive of survival in those patients treated with induction chemotherapy (P = .0001). ClqBM was not a significant predictor of survival in patients treated with surgery plus postoperative radiation therapy in either this second “test” population or in the original “training” population. The findings demonstrate the confounding influence of treatment modalities and the importance of model validation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1993|
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