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Role of Extensive Lymphadenectomy in Early-Stage Cervical Cancer Patients With Radical Hysterectomy Followed by Adjuvant Radiotherapy
  1. Natsuo Tomita, MD, PhD*,
  2. Mika Mizuno, MD, PhD,
  3. Shinji Kondo, MD, PhD,
  4. Masahiko Mori, MD, PhD,
  5. Sho Takeshita, MD,
  6. Jun Sakata, MD, PhD,
  7. Hirofumi Tsubouchi, MD and
  8. Takeshi Kodaira, MD, PhD*
  1. *Departments of Radiation Oncology, and
  2. Gynecologic Oncology, Aichi Cancer Center Hospital, Nagoya, Japan.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Natsuo Tomita, MD, PhD, Department of Radiation Oncology, Aichi Cancer Center Hospital, 1-1 Kanokoden, Chikusaku, Nagoya 464-8681, Japan. E-mail:


Objectives The objective of this study was to assess the effect of extensive lymphadenectomy on survival of early-stage cervical cancer patients with radical hysterectomy followed by adjuvant radiotherapy (RT).

Materials and Methods A retrospective analysis was performed on early-stage patients with high-risk factors who received radical hysterectomy with lymphadenectomy followed by adjuvant RT. All patients were divided into the less than or equal to 40 dissected pelvic lymph nodes (DPLN ⩽40) and greater than 40 dissected pelvic lymph nodes (DPLN >40) groups to assess the effect of extensive lymphadenectomy. Distributions of disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) were calculated by the Kaplan-Meier method. Significance of survival was assessed by the log-rank test. Cox proportional hazards models were applied to assess the effects of the factors on survival by univariate and multivariate analyses.

Results After a median follow-up of 76 months for a total of 178 patients, 5-year DFS of the DPLN >40 group was significantly higher than that of the DPLN ⩽40 group (86% vs 74%, P = 0.045). Five-year OS was comparable between the 2 groups (85% vs 78%, P = 0.49). The multivariate analysis showed that the DPLN ⩽40 group was at a significantly higher risk of recurrence (hazard ratio, 2.3; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.1–4.8; P = 0.020), whereas OS was not affected by the DPLN group (P = 0.26). Positive pelvic lymph node, parametrial invasion, histological type, and the absence of RT-combined chemotherapy remained significant prognostic factors for lower DFS and OS by the multivariate analysis. Adjusted hazard ratio of DPLN ⩽40 for DFS was 1.2 (95% CI, 0.11–12; P = 0.91) in patients with negative pelvic lymph node (PLN) whereas it was 2.6 (95% CI, 1.1–5.8; P = 0.024) in patients with positive PLN.

Conclusions These results suggest that more extensive lymphadenectomy significantly improve the outcomes of patients with positive PLN even followed by adjuvant RT.

  • Uterine cervical cancer
  • Lymph nodes
  • Radiotherapy
  • Adjuvant
  • Lymphadenectomy

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  • The authors declare no conflicts of interests.