To be or not to be: significance of lymph nodes on pretreatment CT in predicting survival of rectal cancer patients.

@article{Chi2011ToBO,
  title={To be or not to be: significance of lymph nodes on pretreatment CT in predicting survival of rectal cancer patients.},
  author={Yong-Kun Chi and Xiao-Peng Zhang and Jie Li and Yingshi Sun},
  journal={European journal of radiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={77 3},
  pages={473-7}
}
PURPOSE To assess the extent to which pretreatment imaging of lymph nodes by computed tomography (CT) predicts survival of patients with rectal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively analyzed 70 patients with rectal cancer, who had pretreatment CT and curative surgery between December 1999 and October 2003. These patients were followed until December 2007, ensuring minimal follow-up time of 49 months. Two radiologists who reviewed the CT images on workstations had no prior access to… CONTINUE READING