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A prospective multicenter international single-arm observational study on the oncological safety of the sentinel lymph node algorithm in stage I intermediate-risk endometrial cancer (SELECT, SEntinel Lymph node Endometrial Cancer Trial)
  1. Tommaso Grassi1,2,
  2. Andrea Mariani1,
  3. David Cibula3,
  4. Pamela T Soliman4,
  5. Vera J Suman5,
  6. Amy L Weaver5,
  7. Silvana Pedra Nobre6,
  8. Britta Weigelt7,
  9. Gretchen E Glaser1,
  10. Serena Cappuccio1,8 and
  11. Nadeem R Abu-Rustum6,9
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  2. 2Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Milan-Bicocca, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy
  3. 3Gynecologic Oncology Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic
  4. 4Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA
  5. 5Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  6. 6Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, USA
  7. 7Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, USA
  8. 8Department of Women and Child Health, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
  9. 9Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, United States
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10065, USA; abu-rusn{at}


Background In the primary treatment of apparent uterine-confined endometrial carcinoma, pelvic ± para-aortic lymphadenectomy has been considered the standard of care. Although some retrospective data suggest that the sentinel lymph node algorithm without complete lymphadenectomy can be used without jeopardizing oncologic outcome, prospective data are lacking.

Primary Objectives To assess the 36 month incidence of pelvic/non-vaginal recurrence in women with pathologically confirmed stage I intermediate-risk endometrioid endometrial carcinoma who have bilateral negative pelvic sentinel lymph nodes.

Study Hypothesis We hypothesize that patients with stage I, intermediate-risk endometrioid endometrial carcinoma who have bilateral negative pelvic sentinel lymph nodes will demonstrate a pelvic/non-vaginal recurrence rate comparable to historical estimate of stage I, intermediate-risk endometrioid endometrial carcinoma patients (estimated 2.5%).

Trial Design This prospective multicenter single-arm observational study will follow women with stage I, intermediate risk endometrioid endometrial adenocarcinoma who have undergone successful hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and bilateral sentinel lymph node biopsies, for recurrence. All patients will undergo lymphatic mapping using indocynanine green and will either receive no adjuvant treatment or vaginal brachytherapy only. Patients will be followed for 36 months.

Major Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria Patients will be enrolled in the study cohort if all the following criteria are met: (i) at time of surgery: hysterectomy with bilateral adnexectomy, and successful bilateral pelvic sentinel lymph node mapping; (ii) on final pathology: pathologic stage I, intermediate-risk endometrioid endometrial carcinoma (grade 1 or grade 2 with ≥50% myometrial invasion, or grade 3 with <50% myometrial invasion), negative pelvic peritoneal cytology, and bilateral sentinel lymph nodes negative for malignancy; (iii) recommended adjuvant treatment: vaginal brachytherapy or no adjuvant treatment.

Primary Endpoint Incidence of pelvic/non-vaginal recurrence at 36 months.

Sample Size 182 patients for study cohort

Estimated Dates for Completing Accrual and Presenting Results Accrual will be completed in 2023 with results reported in 2026.

Trial Registration NCT04291612

  • endometrium
  • sentinel lymph node
  • surgical procedures, operative

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  • Contributors Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Andrea Mariani, David Cibula, Tommaso Grassi, Vera J Suman, Amy L Weaver, Gretchen E Glaser, Britta Weigelt, Silvana Pedra Nobre, Serena Cappuccio, Pamela T Soliman: Protocol development. Tommaso Grassi, Nadeem R. Abu-Rustum, Andrea Mariani, David Cibula: Drafting of manuscript. Gretchen E Glaser: Quality of life and lymphedema studies. Vera J Suman, Amy L Weaver: Statistics. All authors: Critical review and revision of manuscript.

  • Funding This study was funded in part through the NIH/NCI Support Grant P30 CA008748 (NRA, BW).

  • Competing interests Dr Abu-Rustum reports the following, outside the submitted work: grant from Stryker/Novadaq (paid to institution); grant from Olympus (paid to institution); grant from GRAIL (paid to institution).

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article