Impact of microscopic extranodal tumor deposits on the outcome of patients with rectal cancer.

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PURPOSE Microscopic mesorectal soft tissue extranodal deposits discontinuous with the primary tumor are identified in many rectal adenocarcinomas. Current guidelines consider them to be involved lymph nodes. We studied the impact of these deposits on the outcome of patients with rectal cancer. METHODS This was a retrospective study, in which histology… (More)

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