Pathologic nodal staging scores in patients treated with radical prostatectomy: A postoperative decision tool
Decision Support Techniques
Lymph Node Excision
Every patient needs PLND for accurate nodal staging. However, a one-size-fits-all approach is too inaccurate. We developed a tool that indicates a node-negative patient is indeed free of lymph node metastasis by evaluating the number of examined nodes, pT stage, RP Gleason score, surgical margins, and prostate-specific antigen. This tool may help in postoperative decision making.