It is well recognized that lesion size, tumor volume, depth of stromal invasion, and lymphatic space permeation are all important predictors of lymph node involvement in early stage cervical cancer. Pelvic lymph node involvement is the most important (negative) predictor of survival for these patients with early stage cervical cancer. The number of involved nodes and the size of involved and unresected nodes may also be prognostically significant. It is uncertain whether lesion size, tumor volume, depth of stromal invasion, or lymphatic space permeation are independent negative predictors of survival when correcting for lymph node positivity. Lymphadenectomy has traditionally been considered a diagnostic procedure. There is accumulating evidence to suggest that lymphadenectomy may have therapeutic benefit for patients with cervical cancer metastatic to lymph nodes. This hypothesis awaits further evidence.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs|
|State||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research