International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 33, Issue 9, pp 1173–1181 | Cite as

Clinical significance of the BRAFV600E mutation in Asian patients with colorectal cancer

  • Hou-Hsuan Cheng
  • Jen-Kou Lin
  • Wei-Shone Chen
  • Jeng-Kai Jiang
  • Shung-Haur YangEmail author
  • Shih-Ching ChangEmail author
Original Article



To investigate the clinicopathological features and prognostic significance of the BRAFV600E mutation in Asian patients with colorectal cancer.


We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 1969 patients with colorectal cancer admitted to Taipei Veterans General Hospital for surgical treatment between 2000 and 2013. The measured endpoint was overall survival after surgery. The prognostic value of the BRAFV600E mutation was analyzed using the log-rank test and Cox regression analysis.


The BRAFV600E mutation was detected in 106 (5.4%) patients and associated with female gender, abnormal cancer antigen (CA)19-9 at diagnosis, microsatellite status, right-sided primary tumors, mucinous histology, poor differentiation, and lymphovascular invasion. Metastatic patterns were more common in non-regional lymph node metastasis (20.8 vs. 7.4%, p = 0.06) and peritoneal seeding (41. vs. 21.2%, p = 0.04). Mutations were not prognostic in the overall survival of the entire study group but only in specific patients: age < 65, normal carcinoembryonic antigen at diagnosis, and stage IV disease.


The BRAFV600E mutation was associated with distinct clinicopathological features and metastatic patterns. The overall survival rate was lower in selected colorectal patients with the BRAFV600E mutation.


BRAF mutation Colorectal cancer Stage IV Survival Metastatic pattern 


Authors’ contributions

Study conception and design: Hou-Hsuan Cheng and Shih-Ching Chang.

Data acquisition: Jen-Kou Lin, Shung-Haur Yang, Wei-Shone Chen, Jeng-Kai Jiang, and Shih-Ching Chang.

Data analysis and interpretation: Hou-Hsuan Cheng and Shih-Ching Chang.

Drafting of manuscript: Hou-Hsuan Cheng and Shih-Ching Chang.

Critical revision of manuscript: Jen-Kou Lin, Shung-Haur Yang, Wei-Shone Chen, and Jeng-Kai Jiang.

Funding information

This research was funded by grants from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (V101E2-005), Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (105-2314-B-075-010-MY2), and Department of Health, Taipei City Government (10401-62-031; 10601-62-059).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryTaipei Veterans General HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryTaichung Veterans General HospitalTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, School of MedicineNational Yang-Ming UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  4. 4.Endoscopy Center for Diagnosis and TreatmentTaipei Veterans General HospitalTaipeiTaiwan

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