Survival Implications of Variation in the Thoroughness of Pathologic Lymph Node Examination in American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z0030 (Alliance)
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Lymph Node Excision
Despite rigorously standardized surgical hilar/mediastinal lymphadenectomy, the number of lymph nodes examined was associated with the likelihood of detecting nodal metastasis and survival. This may indicate an effect of incomplete pathologic examination.