J Cancer 2016; 7(6):626-632. doi:10.7150/jca.13837

Research Paper

The clinical significance of preoperative serum cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels in hepatocellular carcinoma

Shan-Shan Jiang1*, De-Sheng Weng1*, Long Jiang1*, Yao-Jun Zhang2, Ke Pan1, Qiu-Zhong Pan1, Chang-Long Chen1, Jing-Jing Zhao1, Xiao-Fei Zhang1, Hong-Xia Zhang1, Yan Tang1, Zi-Qi Zhou1, Min-Shan Chen2, Jian-Chuan Xia1✉

1. Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center; State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China; Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou 510060, China;
2. Department of Hepatobiliary Oncology, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China.
*Shan-Shan Jiang, De-Sheng Weng and Long Jiang contributed equally to this work


Purpose: To evaluate the prognostic role of the preoperative plasma lipid profile, including low-density lipoprotein -cholesterol [LDL-C], high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol [HDL-C], cholesterol, and triglycerides, in hepatocellular carcinoma patients undergoing radical resection.

Methods: Clinical data, including the preoperative plasma profile levels, were retrospectively collected and reviewed in 1411 hepatocellular carcinoma patients, who underwent operation between 2001 and 2010. Kaplan-Meier method and the Cox proportional hazards regression model were used in analyzing the DFS and OS.

Results: We found that HDL-C ≤ 0.88 mmol/L and cholesterol ≤ 4.420 mmol/L were preoperative risk factors of disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS). A decreased CHO level was significantly associated with decreased OS (HR, 0.800; 95% CI, (0.691-0.926), P =0.003) and decreased DFS (HR, 0.844; 95% CI, 0.737-0.966, P=0.012). Additionally, an increased HDL-C level was shown significant association with increased OS (HR, 0.679; 95% CI, 0.570-0.808, P<0.01) and DFS (HR, 2.085; 95% CI, 1.271- 3.422, P = 0.002). In the univariate and multivariate analyses involving OS and DFS, no significant relativity were observed between the LDL-C and TG groups.

Conclusions: Decreased levels of CHO and HDL might predict worse outcomes both DFS and OS for hepatocellular carcinoma patients.

Keywords: cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, hepatocellular carcinoma, prognosis.

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC) License. See http://ivyspring.com/terms for full terms and conditions.
How to cite this article:
Jiang SS, Weng DS, Jiang L, Zhang YJ, Pan K, Pan QZ, Chen CL, Zhao JJ, Zhang XF, Zhang HX, Tang Y, Zhou ZQ, Chen MS, Xia JC. The clinical significance of preoperative serum cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels in hepatocellular carcinoma. J Cancer 2016; 7(6):626-632. doi:10.7150/jca.13837. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v07p0626.htm