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Adequacy of Lymph Node Harvesting in Colorectal Cancer Management Improving Standards, Ensuring Quality

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134–8
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The adequacy of lymph node resection at the University Hospital of the West Indies meets accepted standards for right-sided colon cancers but is less than adequate for left-sided cancers. Ensuring adequate node sampling is a dual responsibility of the reporting pathologist and attending surgeon as this has important implications for treatment, prognosis and quality of care.


ABSTRACT

Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the adequacy of nodal sampling in resection specimens for colorectal carcinoma in a Jamaican population.

Methods: The pathology records of all patients who underwent operation for colorectal carcinoma at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) during the five-year period, 2003−2007, were reviewed. Pertinent clinical and pathologic data were obtained and analysed.

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e-Published: 19 Aug, 2013
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