Arterial thrombosis in Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms predicts second cancer: A case-control study

Valerio De Stefano, Arianna Ghirardi, Arianna Masciulli, Alessandra Carobbio, Francesca Palandri, Nicola Vianelli, Elena Rossi, Silvia Betti, Ambra Di Veroli, Alessandra Iurlo, Daniele Cattaneo, Guido Finazzi, Massimiliano Bonifacio, Luigi Scaffidi, Andrea Patriarca, Elisa Rumi, Ilaria Carola Casetti, Clemency Stephenson, Paola Guglielmelli, Elena Maria ElliMiroslava Palova, Davide Rapezzi, Daniel Erez, Montse Gomez, Kai Wille, Manuel Perez-Encinas, Francesca Lunghi, Anna Angona, Maria Laura Fox, Eloise Beggiato, Giulia Benevolo, Giuseppe Carli, Rossella Cacciola, Mary Frances McMullin, Alessia Tieghi, Valle Recasens, Susanne Isfort, Monia Marchetti, Martin Griesshammer, Alberto Alvarez-Larran, Alessandro Maria Vannucchi, Alessandro Rambaldi, Tiziano Barbui*

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Patients with Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) are prone to the development of second cancers, but the factors associated with these events have been poorly explored. In an international nested case-control study, we recruited 647 patients with carcinoma, nonmelanoma skin cancer, hematological second cancer, and melanoma diagnosed concurrently or after MPN diagnosis. Up to 3 control patients without a history of cancer and matched with each case for center, sex, age at MPN diagnosis, date of diagnosis, and MPN disease duration were included (n 5 1234). Cases were comparable to controls for MPN type, driver mutations and cardiovascular risk factors. The frequency of thrombosis preceding MPN was similar for cases and controls (P 5 .462). Thrombotic events after MPN and before second cancer were higher in cases than in controls (11.6% vs 8.1%; P 5 .013), because of a higher proportion of arterial thromboses (6.2% vs 3.7%; P 5 .015). After adjustment for confounders, the occurrence of arterial thrombosis remained independently associated with the risk of carcinoma (odds ratio, 1.97; 95% confidence interval, 1.14-3.41), suggesting that MPN patients experiencing arterial events after MPN diagnosis deserve careful clinical surveillance for early detection of carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-386
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2020


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