Circulating Cell-Free DNA Levels in Patients with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma. Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Limited data about biomarkers are available to predict the outcomes of targeted therapy in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Circulating cell-free DNA (CFD) is elevated in various cancers. Patients and Methods: We performed a prospective study of patients with mRCC who received targeted therapy in the Soroka Medical Center between 2013 and 2015. CFD levels were measured using a simple fluorometric assay. Blood samples for CFD were collected before treatment and at weeks 1, 4, 12, 18, and 24 of treatment. The normal cut-off level of CFD was defined as 800 ng/ml. The association of CFD with objective response, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival was tested, with adjustment for known confounding risk factors. Results: A total of 23 patients were included; 18 were treated with first-line therapy and 5 with second- and third-line therapies. Patients with normal pretreatment CFD level had a better PFS versus patients with increased levels (p = 0.023). In multivariate analysis, factors associated with PFS were pretreatment CFD levels (p = 0.020) and Heng risk (p = 0.006). Conclusions: Elevated pretreatment CFD levels measured using a simple fluorometric assay may be associated with a worse PFS in patients with mRCC. A larger prospective study is warranted in order to validate our observation.

publication date

  • October 1, 2017