Indications for and anatomical extent of pelvic lymph node dissection for prostate cancer: Practice patterns of uro-oncologists in North America Journal Article


Authors: Touijer, K. A.; Ahallal, Y.; Guillonneau, B. D.
Article Title: Indications for and anatomical extent of pelvic lymph node dissection for prostate cancer: Practice patterns of uro-oncologists in North America
Abstract: Purpose: To investigate the prevailing practice of uro-oncologists regarding the indications for and extent of pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) for prostate cancer. Materials and methods: A 9-question survey was sent as a hyperlink by electronic mail to all members of the Society of Urologic Oncology. Participants were asked about their surgical volume, indications for PLND, which nodal packets are dissected as delineated on anatomical schema, and type of surgical approach. Results: Of 340 members, 183 urologists (58%) completed the survey. Of these, 43% were ≥10 years out of fellowship and 62% performed >50 radical prostatectomies per year. Of the surveyed surgeons, 45% performed PLND on all patients undergoing radical prostatectomy. The remainder used various risk-stratification schemas. A total of 32 different indications for PLND were reported, the most common being "intermediate risk" according to the American Urological Association's risk classification. As to extent of PLND, 15% perform a PLND limited to the external iliac, while 30% include the external iliac, obturator fossa, and hypogastric lymph nodes. Among surgeons using both open and robotic approaches, 19% reported that the indication for and extent of lymphadenectomy performed differ based on the surgical approach used. Conclusions: The results of this survey provide insight into the practice patterns of uro-oncologists regarding PLND and highlight the lack of uniformity in determining when and how a PLND should be performed. Collaborative efforts are needed to develop guidelines on this issue and are a necessary step toward standardization of reporting the outcomes of surgical clinical trials. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Keywords: lymph node dissection; pelvis lymph node; clinical practice; surgical approach; risk assessment; prostate cancer; standardization; prostatectomy; medical society; pelvic lymph node dissection; north america; oncologist; urologist; practice patterns
Journal Title: Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations
Volume: 31
Issue: 8
ISSN: 1078-1439
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2013-11-01
Start Page: 1517
End Page: 1521
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2012.04.021
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 22687569
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Notes: --- - "Export Date: 2 December 2013" - "CODEN: UOSOA" - "Source: Scopus"
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  1. Abdelkrim Karim Touijer
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