Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) have recently emerged as a prognostic factor in breast cancer. In our previous study, we proposed that tumor stroma should also be considered in the calculation of TILs and we introduced tumor infiltration lymphocyte volume (TILV) in triple-negative breast cancer.
We assessed the disease-free survival predictive value of TILV in all subtypes of invasive breast carcinoma and compared the predictive value of TILV with TILs. Differences between disease-free survival curves were determined by using the log-rank test, and Kaplan-Meier survival plots were generated for both groups.
TILV was significantly correlated with disease-free survival in both invasive ductal carcinoma (P = .03) and all subtypes of invasive breast carcinoma (P = .043), whereas TILs failed to show a statistical significance.
Tumor-stroma ratio needs to be considered in estimation of tumor immunity, and TILV adds more predictive power to TILs.