Prognostic significance of tumor thrombus level in patients with renal cell carcinoma and venous tumor thrombus extension. Is all T3b the same?

@article{Moinzadeh2004PrognosticSO,
  title={Prognostic significance of tumor thrombus level in patients with renal cell carcinoma and venous tumor thrombus extension. Is all T3b the same?},
  author={Alireza Moinzadeh and John A. Libertino},
  journal={The Journal of urology},
  year={2004},
  volume={171 2 Pt 1},
  pages={598-601}
}
PURPOSE We investigated the prognostic significance of venous tumor thrombus extension in patients with renal cell carcinoma with particular emphasis on 2 questions. Does the level of thrombus in the inferior vena cava (IVC) impact long-term survival? Is there a difference in long-term survival when tumor thrombus is in the renal vein versus the IVC for patients classified as T3b by 1997 TNM staging? MATERIALS AND METHODS Between July 1970 and July 2000, 153 patients underwent surgical… CONTINUE READING