Selective inguinal lymphadenectomy in the treatment of invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva

Int J Surg Oncol. 2011;2011:284374. doi: 10.1155/2011/284374. Epub 2011 Jun 9.


En bloc radical vulvectomy with bilateral inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy has now been replaced by radical wide excision and selective inguinal lymphadenectomy based on the stage and location of invasive vulvar cancer. Early stage lateral cancers can be effectively treated by radical wide excision and ipsilateral superficial inguinal lymphadenectomy. Lymph node mapping using perilesional injection of radiocolloid and blue dye may identify sentinel lymph nodes which can be removed, thereby avoiding the morbidity of full inguinal lymphadenectomy in selected patients with early stage disease.