Controversies Surrounding Lymph Node Dissection for Prostate Cancer

Ganesh S. Palapattu, Eric A. Singer, Edward M. Messing

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Despite the high frequency with which radical prostatectomy is used to treat prostate cancer, uncertainty exists regarding the merits of a simultaneous pelvic lymph node dissection. Unresolved issues include identifying the optimal candidate and selecting the appropriate surgical template, among others. In this article, the authors discuss the pros and cons of performing a pelvic lymph node dissection and the staging/diagnostic and therapeutic implications of this procedure. The lack of robust randomized clinical trials in the literature necessitates a careful analysis of retrospective and case series data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology


  • Lymph node
  • Lymph node dissection
  • Lymphadenectomy
  • Prostate cancer
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Review


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