Background: Several studies demonstrated that long non-coding RNA differentiation antagonizing non-protein coding RNA (lncRNA DANCR) expression might have the potential capacity to predict the cancer prognosis, however, definite conclusion has not been obtained. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the prognostic value of lncRNA DANCR expression in cancers. Methods: PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus and Embase were comprehensively searched for relevant studies. Studies meeting all inclusion standards were included into this meta-analysis. The analysis of overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS) or clinicopathological features was conducted. Results: Eleven studies containing 1,154 cancer patients were analyzed in this meta-analysis. The results showed, compared with low lncRNA DANCR expression, high lncRNA DANCR expression was significantly associated with shorter OS (HR=1.85, 95%CI=1.52-2.26, P<0.01) and DFS (HR=1.82, 95%=1.43-2.32, P<0.01) in cancers. Besides, high lncRNA DANCR expression predicted deeper tumor invasion (P<0.01), earlier lymph node metastasis (P<0.01), earlier distant metastasis (P<0.01) and more advanced clinical stage (P<0.01) compared with low lncRNA DANCR expression in cancer populations. Conclusion: High lncRNA DANCR expression was associated with worse prognosis compared with low lncRNA DANCR expression in cancers. LncRNA DANCR expression could serve as a prognostic factor of human cancers.

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