What is the appropriate management of early stage cervical cancer (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stages I and IIA), surgical assessment of lymph nodes, and role of therapeutic resection of lymph nodes involved with cancer?

D. H. Moore, F. B. Stehman

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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