Sentinel lymph node evaluation in women with cervical cancer

J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):540-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2013.12.095. Epub 2014 Jan 7.


Lymph node status is the most important prognosticator of survival in women with early stage cervical cancer. Thus many patients with cervical cancer will undergo pelvic lymphadenectomy as part of the treatment. This procedure is associated with substantial morbidity. Use of the sentinel lymph node technique in women with cervical cancer has the potential to decrease this morbidity. Multiple studies have suggested that sentinel lymph node mapping in these patients is feasible, with excellent detection rates and sensitivity. This review examines the current body of literature about sentinel lymph node biopsy in women with cervical cancer.

Keywords: Cervical cancer; Lymphatic mapping; Radical hysterectomy; Sentinel lymph node.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma / pathology
  • Carcinoma / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy / methods
  • Lymph Node Excision / methods
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Pelvis
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy / methods*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / surgery*