Lymph node retrieval in colorectal cancer resection specimens: national standards are achievable, and low numbers are associated with reduced survival.

@article{Norwood2010LymphNR,
  title={Lymph node retrieval in colorectal cancer resection specimens: national standards are achievable, and low numbers are associated with reduced survival.},
  author={Michael G. A. Norwood and A. J. Sutton and Karen C West and D P Sharpe and David Hemingway and Michael J. Kelly},
  journal={Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland},
  year={2010},
  volume={12 4},
  pages={304-9}
}
OBJECTIVES The current guidelines identify the retrieval of at least 12 lymph nodes as crucial for accurate staging of colorectal cancer. We set out to review our figures from a single centre to see whether this standard has been met, and to examine for factors which may influence the number of lymph nodes retrieved. The influence of a low lymph node harvest on survival in patients with Dukes' A and B cancers was specifically investigated. METHOD Data were collected from all patients with… CONTINUE READING

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