标题：The prognostic impact of tumor length in esophageal cancer Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
作者：Zhang, Xiangwei; Wang, Yang; Jiang, Yuanzhu; Wang, Zhaoyang; Zhao, Linping; Xue, Xianbiao; Sang, Shaowei; Zhang, Lin
作者机构：[Zhang, Xiangwei; Jiang, Yuanzhu; Wang, Zhaoyang; Zhang, Lin] Shandong Univ, Shandong Prov Hosp, Dept Thorac Surg, Jinan, Shandong, Peoples R China.; 更多
通讯作者：Sang, SW;Zhang, L
通讯作者地址：[Sang, SW]Shandong Univ, Clin Epidemiol Unit, Qilu Hosp, Jinan 250012, Shandong, Peoples R China;[Zhang, L]Shandong Prov Hosp, Dept Thorac Surg, 324 J 更多
关键词：esophageal cancer; meta-analysis; prognosis; systematic review; tumor; length
摘要：Background: More and more studies were performed to explore the prognostic role of tumor length in esophageal cancer (EC). However, the results remain controversial. Hence, the aim of the review was to evaluate the association between tumor length and oncologic outcome in EC patients through meta-analysis.; Methods: A systematic literature search for relevant articles published in English language will be conducted in the PubMed, Web of Science, and Embase. Hazard ratio and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) will be employed as effect measures to estimate the correlation between tumor length and the oncologic outcomes including overall survival, disease-free survival, progression-free survival, relapse-free survival, and cancer-specific survival. We will use the software STATA 14.0 to perform the meta-analysis to calculate the data synthesis.; Results: The review will provide a high-quality synthesis of current evidence of the prognostic role of tumor length in ECs. The results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.; Conclusion: This will be the first systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the prognostic role of tumor length in EC patients. The results will better predict EC survival and identify higher-risk patients for postoperative therapy.