The prognostic importance of the number of involved lymph nodes in esophageal cancer: implications for revisions of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system.

@article{Rizk2006ThePI,
  title={The prognostic importance of the number of involved lymph nodes in esophageal cancer: implications for revisions of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system.},
  author={Nabil Pierre Rizk and Ennapadam S Venkatraman and Bernard J H Park and Raja M Flores and Manjit S. Bains and Valerie Rusch},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={2006},
  volume={132 6},
  pages={1374-81}
}
OBJECTIVE The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging system for esophageal cancer is controversial because it relies on arbitrary definitions of the anatomic location of lymph nodes to establish N and M status. It has been proposed that the number of involved lymph nodes may better predict survival. We reviewed our experience to determine the prognostic impact of the number of involved nodes and the extent of lymphadenectomy on the current staging system. METHODS Records of all… CONTINUE READING
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