The relationship between the degree of lymphocytic infiltration into the tumor and the prognosis has not been completely evaluated between Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-positive and -negative gastric carcinoma (GC). Although the average numbers and the grades of the infiltrating CD8+T cells, natural killer cells, dendritic cells, Ki67-positive cells were significantly greater in EBV-positive GCs than in -negative GCs, there was no significant survival improvement in EBV-positive group. These findings suggest that the infiltration of lymphocytes in the EBV-positive GC does not necessarily meant better prognosis and that the EBV status is not a significant prognostic factor in the patients with gastric cancer.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research