Lymphadenectomy for Endometrial Cancer
Why It Is Done
Some doctors recommend that a lymphadenectomy be performed in all cases of endometrial cancer. Others believe that this procedure might not be needed when the cancer is diagnosed at a very early stage and is found to be a slow-growing grade. Lymphadenectomy may be needed if:
- Cancer cells are found in selected lymph nodes that were removed in an earlier surgical procedure.
- Cancer cells are found in a lymph node at the time you are having surgery.
- Your pelvic lymph nodes are enlarged.
- Cancer cells are a higher grade (faster-growing).
- Cancer cells have grown into the muscle of the uterus, the cervix, or other areas of the pelvis.
- The cancer is large.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 29, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology