Staging in endometrial cancer and sentinel node mapping

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Published: 30 Oct 2012
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Dr Charles Levenback – MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Dr Charles Levenback talks to ecancer at the 2012 International Gynaecologic Cancer Society meeting in Vancouver about aggressively staging patients based on risk, condition and co-morbidity.


As endometrial cancer occurs more frequently in elderly patients, with obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes also factors, the general approach is pre-operative biopsy, hysterectomy and analysis of the samples.


The next staging depends upon the condition and invasion of the tumour. The problem with treatment and staging here is the lack of consensuses on the broad range of possible approaches.


Dr Levenback explains sentinel node mapping and how he feels it could potentially replace the traditional staging methods as it would lead to better treatment and lower morbidity.


Filming supported by Amgen