Sentinel Lymph Node In Cervical Cancer Reduces Complications

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Sentinel Lymph Node In Cervical Cancer Reduces Complications

Postby patoco » Sat May 12, 2007 3:07 am

Sentinel Lymph Node In Cervical Cancer Reduces Complications

MAY 10, 2007 - 10:35 ET

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - May 10, 2007) -

In the uncommon application of Sentinel Lymph Node (SLN) procedure to
cervical cancer, Sunnybrook researchers have further validated its
application as safe and practical in the treatment of the disease
according to a study published in this month's Gynecologic Oncology.
"SLN procedure is becoming a preferred procedure because of associated
reductions in morbidity, and to deliver this procedure successfully
has meant even stronger collaboration across pathology, nuclear
medicine and surgery teams," says Dr. Allan Covens, one of only a
handful of surgeons worldwide performing this procedure in cervical
cancer treatment. Dr. Covens is also lead investigator of the study
and a surgical oncologist at Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer
Centre.

Lymph node status is the most important predictive factor in cervical
cancer. More often applied in breast cancer, SLN procedure identifies
the sentinel lymph nodes which are the first lymph nodes to receive
the drainage of cancer cells from the site of a tumour. SLN procedure
removes 1 to 2 sentinel lymph nodes compared to the standard full node
dissection removal of 10 to 30 lymph nodes, and has been proven to
reduce morbidity or complications such as pain, nausea and lymphedema
or chronic swelling of a patient's leg(s) and or soft tissue.

To perform the procedure and reduce the risk of missing malignant
lymph nodes or minimizing the false negative rate, the researchers
looked at the cervix as a midline structure and evaluated each side of
the patient, instead of evaluating the patient unilaterally. The
incidence of detecting at least one sentinel node was 98 per cent per
patient, and 85 per cent per side.

Cervical cancer first develops in the cells of the cervix or lower
part of a woman's uterus. In 2007, an estimated 1,350 Canadian women
will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and an estimated 390 will not
survive the disease.

/For further information: www.sunnybrook.ca/

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