Introduction: Methylation-derived neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (mdNLR) has been identified as a potential prognostic biomarker of outcomes in various cancers. We evaluated the prognostic value of blood-derived mdNLR within a retrospective cohort of pediatric medulloblastoma patients. Materials and methods: DNA methylation was measured in archival peripheral blood samples collected on 56 pediatric medulloblastoma patients. Hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the association between mdNLR and survival were evaluated using Cox proportional hazard models. Results: Compared to patients who were alive at last follow-up (n = 43), the mean mdNLR value was slightly higher in deceased patients (n = 13) (12.3 vs. 5.2,P = 0.163). Elevated log-transformed mdNLR was suggestively associated with an increased likelihood of death in unadjusted models (HR=1.43, 95%CI: 0.92–2.22) and significantly associated with mortality in adjusted models (HR=1.61, 95%CI: 1.01–2.58). Discussion: Future work is warranted to investigate the relationship between mdNLR outcomes in specific pediatric medulloblastoma molecular subgroups.
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- Cancer Research