Histopathologic parameters of prognosis in cervical cancer--a review

Int J Gynecol Cancer. Sep-Oct 2004;14(5):741-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1048-891X.2004.014504.x.


Apart from clinical stage and lymph node status, acknowledged to be among the most powerful predictors of outcome in cervical cancer, the determination of prognosis and thereby the need for adjuvant therapy in surgically treated patients currently relies on a variety of histopathologic factors. The role of many of these is controversial. This may be because histopathology is genuinely lacking in sensitivity for predicting tumor behavior in vivo. There is, however, wide variation in histopathologic definitions and criteria. This is probably the major reason for both the lack of reproducibility in the reporting of certain factors and in their diminished value in predicting behavior. Tumor type, grade, vascular invasion, pattern of invasion, and depth are all extremely important prognostic indicators when used individually or as a part of a scoring system.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Metastasis*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neoplasm Staging*
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic
  • Prognosis
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / blood supply
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology*