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Gynecol Oncol. 1984 Sep;19(1):8-16.

Survival and patterns of recurrence in cervical cancer metastatic to periaortic lymph nodes (a Gynecologic Oncology Group study).


Ninety-eight of 621 evaluable patients (16%) with cervical cancer enrolled into Gynecologic Oncology Group protocols were found to have periaortic lymph node metastases at staging laparotomy or at exploration for definitive operative management. As expected there was a progressive increase in the prevalence of periaortic metastases including 5% of 150 patients with Stage IB, 16% of 222 patients with Stage II, and 25% of 135 patients with Stage III. Periaortic lymph node metastases in the absence of pelvic lymph node metastases was an infrequent occurrence in patients so evaluated. The median survival of patients with periaortic metastases was 15.2 months with a survival probability of 25% at 3 years. The median duration of survival following recurrence was only 5 months. Recurrences were divided approximately equally between the pelvis and distant sites.

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