Prognostic relevance of skip metastases in esophageal cancer.

  title={Prognostic relevance of skip metastases in esophageal cancer.},
  author={Klaus Ludwig Prenzel and E. Bollschweiler and Wolfgang Schroeder and Stefan Paul Moenig and Uta Drebber and Daniel Vallboehmer and Arnulf H Hoelscher},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={90 5},
BACKGROUND Presence of nodal skip metastasis is an established prognostic factor for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Little is known about this form of lymphatic spread in esophageal cancer. The aim of this study was to assess nodal skip metastasis and its clinical importance for patients with cancer of the esophagus. METHODS Resected lymph nodes of 128 patients with esophageal cancer and pN1 status (adenocarcinoma, n = 67; squamous cell cancer, n = 61) were mapped according to the… CONTINUE READING