The role of lymphadenectomy in the surgical management of renal cell carcinoma

Courtney K. Phillips, Samir S. Taneja

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Abstract

After decades of evaluation, the role of lymphadenectomy in the management of renal cell carcinoma remains a controversy. Contemporary series suggest that the true incidence of isolated lymph node metastases in clinically localized disease is small, and the location of such metastases is unpredictable. While several institutional series have suggested a therapeutic benefit for extended lymphadenectomy, there remains a lack of randomized data to support its routine use. Despite this, there remains a role for lymphadenectomy in individuals with high risk of lymph node metastasis or known lymphadenopathy in whom few other options exist for aggressive, potentially curative therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-223
Number of pages10
JournalUrologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Lymphadenectomy
  • Radical nephrectomy
  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Staging

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