Lymph node assessment and lymphadenectomy in bladder cancer
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Journal of Surgical Oncology
Special Issue: Seminars in Surgical Oncology: Surgical Considerations and Biology of Lymph Node Metastases in Solid Tumours
Volume 99, Issue 4, pages 225–231, 15 March 2009
How to Cite
Sharir, S. and Fleshner, N. E. (2009), Lymph node assessment and lymphadenectomy in bladder cancer. J. Surg. Oncol., 99: 225–231. doi: 10.1002/jso.21253
- Issue published online: 20 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Received: 9 JAN 2009
- pelvic lymph node dissection;
- radical cystectomy
Lymph node status is a key prognostic indicator in patients with bladder cancer, so lymphadenectomy is important for accurate staging. Moreover, lymphadenectomy is curative for some patients with nodal metastases. Although there is evidence that the quality of regional node dissection is associated with oncologic outcome, controversy exists because other factors may also explain this observation. Consequently, there is no consensus regarding the optimal extent of lymphadenectomy and number of nodes that should be assessed. J. Surg. Oncol. 2009;99:225–231. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.