Lymph node evaluation as a colon cancer quality measure: a national hospital report card.

@article{Bilimoria2008LymphNE,
  title={Lymph node evaluation as a colon cancer quality measure: a national hospital report card.},
  author={Karl Bilimoria and David J. Bentrem and Andrew K. Stewart and Mark S. Talamonti and David Porter Winchester and Thomas R. Russell and Clifford Y. Ko},
  journal={Journal of the National Cancer Institute},
  year={2008},
  volume={100 18},
  pages={1310-7}
}
BACKGROUND Examination of 12 or more regional lymph nodes for colon cancer is associated with improved staging and survival, and the National Quality Forum recently endorsed lymph node examination for colon cancer as a quality surveillance measure. However, information regarding the extent of hospital compliance with the 12-node measure in the United States is lacking. METHODS From the National Cancer Data Base, 1296 hospitals that performed 156 789 colectomies in 1996-1997 and 2004-2005 were… CONTINUE READING