Relationship between PNI and prognosis
When they reviewed the data, the researchers found that the lower a patient’s PNI was the less likely that treatment was going to be successful, and conversely that a higher PNI was related to a better chance of successful treatment. While this general principle held true for the patients being studied, and while it has been replicated similarly with other groups of patients dealing with other forms of cancer, there were some differences within the group that the research team noted. For example, the researchers noted that this principle is more likely to hold true for patients with stage three ovarian cancer. This may be because patients who are receiving treatment at an earlier stage are dealing with a less severe form of the disease and are therefore already more likely to have successful treatment.