The aim of the study was to determine whether LNR have additional contribution on pathologic lymph node staging.


To examine the prognostic value of LNR examined the original histopathological reports of 2049 node-positive breast cancer patients treated in the references centers of the Turkey. The LNR was defined as the number of positive lymph nodes (LNs) over the total number of LNs removed. The LNR cutoffs were defined as low-risk, 0.01-0.20; intermediate-risk, 0.21- 0.65; and high-risk, LNR >0.65.


The median follow-up was 11.8 years. Median Disease free survival (DFS) was 191.8, 110.6 and 78.2 months in patients with pN1, pN2 and pN3 tumor, respectively (p<0.001). Median DFS was 191.9, 106.4 and 78.1 months in patients with LNR low, intermediate and high risk tumor, respectively (p<0.001). Median DFS was not reached and 200.1 months in patients with pN2 and LNR low risk patients, pN1 and LNR high risk patients, respectively (p=0.254).


LNR is an important prognostic parameter for DFS and might provide potentially more information than pN-stage in patients with pN1/LNR high risk and pN2/LNR low risk.

Citation Format: Kaplan MA, Odabasi H, Ozdemir N, Harputluoglu H, Aliustaoglu M, Berk V, Gunaydin Y, Uncu D, Elkiran T, Aydin D, Isikdogan A. Is lymph node ratio (LNR) having additional contribution for predict prognosis on pathologic lymph node staging in node-positive breast cancer patients?. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium: 2015 Dec 8-12; San Antonio, TX. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2016;76(4 Suppl):Abstract nr P3-01-21.