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Table 4 Five-year overall survival based on tumor stage and the postoperative NLR

From: The preoperative and the postoperative neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratios both predict prognosis in gastric cancer patients

  Stage I Stage II Stage III
Number 5-YSR (%) Number 5-YSR (%) Number 5-YSR (%)
NLR
 LNLR 875 97.5 567 88.5 157 67.6
 HNLR 352 92.0 237 82.0 50 50.8
P value   0.000   0.241   0.006
NLR change
 LL (preoperative NLR < 2, postoperative NLR < 1.7) 416 97.1 87 85.1 80 73.8
 LH (preoperative NLR < 2, postoperative NLR ≥ 1.7) 93 93.6 14 100.0 16 56.3
 HL (preoperative NLR ≥ 2, postoperative NLR < 1.7) 150 98.7 68 92.7 71 60.6
 HH (preoperative NLR ≥ 2, postoperative NLR ≥ 1.7) 144 91.0 36 75.0 49 49.0
P value   0.002   0.034   0.011
  1. 5-YSR 5-year survival rate, NLR neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, LNLR low NLR, HNLR high NLR, LL low to low, LH low to high, HL high to low, HH high to high