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A scoring system for predicting recurrence of cervical cancer
  1. H. T. NG,
  2. S. K. SHYU,
  3. C. C. YUAN,
  4. Y. K. CHEN*,
  5. K. C. CHAO and
  6. Y. Y. KAN
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  2. *Department of Pathology, National Yang-Ming Medical College; Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
  1. Address for correspondence: Dr H.T. Ng, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Yang-Ming Medical College, Veterans Hospital, 201 Shipai Rd. Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.


An evaluation was made of factors that affect the recurrence of cervical cancer after primary surgery, these including age, clinical stage, histology, grade, involvement of uterine body, parametrium or vagina and lymph node metastases. During a period of at least 3 years, 702 of 1508 patients who underwent radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection were studied by using a scoring system. A comparison between the group of women scored at or greater than 13 that scored less than 13 revealed that the risk of recurrence was higher in the former group. One hundred and twenty five of 702 patients found to have positive pelvic node involvement scored greater than 13, which rendered them eligible for further mangement as follows: the recurrence rate in 99 patients receiving multi-agent chemotherapy was 34.4%, compared with 65.4% in 26 patients receiving no treatment (P< 0.01). Applying this score to other patients in planning adjuvant therapy, the recurrence rate may be reduced further. The number of patients needlessly exposed to the toxic effects of multi-agent chemotherapy may be reduced also.

  • cervical cancer
  • scoring system

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