The IASLC lung cancer staging project: A proposal for a new international lymph node map in the forthcoming seventh edition of the TNM classification for lung cancer

Valerie W. Rusch, Hisao Asamura, Hirokazu Watanabe, Dorothy J. Giroux, Ramon Rami-Porta, Peter Goldstraw

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Abstract

The accurate assessment of lymph node involvement is an important part of the management of lung cancer. Lymph node "maps" have been used to describe the location of nodal metastases. However, discrepancies in nomenclature among maps used by Asian and Western countries hinder analyses of lung cancer treatment outcome. To achieve uniformity and to promote future analyses of a planned prospective international database, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer proposes a new lymph node map which reconciles differences among currently used maps, and provides precise anatomic definitions for all lymph node stations. A method of grouping lymph node stations together into "zones" is also proposed for the purposes of future survival analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-577
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Thoracic Oncology
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Lung cancer lymph node map
  • Lung cancer staging
  • Lymph node zones
  • Pulmonary and mediastinal lymph nodes
  • TNM classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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