Since the new adenocarcinoma (ADC) classification was presented in 2011, several authors have reported that patients with solid (S) and/or micropapillary (MP) predominant patterns showed a worse prognosis. On the other hand, there are several patients who have S and/or MP patterns even if their patterns are not predominant. However, the evaluation of these patients is uncertain.Methods
A total of 531 ADCs were examined. We classified the patients into five subgroups according to the proportion of S and/or MP patterns: (1) both patterns absent (S–/MP–), (2) S predominant (S pre), (3) MP predominant (MP pre), (4) S pattern present although not predominant and MP pattern absent (S+ not pre/MP–), and (5) MP pattern present although not predominant (MP+ not pre).Results
Of the 531 ADCs, 384 (72.3%) were classified as S–/MP–, 55 (10.4%) as S pre, 11 (2.1%) as MP pre, 42 (7.9%) as S+ not pre/MP–, and 39 (7.3%) as MP+ not pre. In a univariate analysis, the recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival differed significantly among the five subgroups (p < 0.01 and p < 0.01, respectively). In a multivariate analysis, patients with S–/MP– had significantly higher RFS rates than did those with other subgroups. On the other hand, patients with MP pre had lower RFS rates than did those with other subgroups.Conclusion
Patients with S and/or MP patterns have a poorer prognosis even if their patterns are not predominant. The S and/or MP patterns must be treated at the time of diagnosis.