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Volume 23, Number 6, 2018

The role of para-aortic nodal irradiation in cervical cancer

Adela Poitevin Chacón, Jessica Chavez-Nogueda, Rubí Ramos-Prudencio, Michelle Aline Villavicencio-Queijeiro, Francisco Lozano-Ruiz


The current standard of care for locally advanced cervical cancer is whole pelvis and para-aortic radiation when indicated, delivered concomitantly with chemotherapy and brachytherapy. Para-aortic node involvement is a predictor of survival in locally advanced disease but presence of metastases is difficult to determine because the currently available imaging methods lack enough sensitivity to be able to detect accurately para-aortic metastases when surgical staging is not feasible. The objective of this review is to describe the current status of para-aortic lymph node irradiation in locally advanced cervical cancer. It includes analysis of the diagnostic imaging and surgical approaches for assessment of para-aortic lymph node dissemination, together with indications for radiotherapy and radiotherapeutic techniques.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2018; 23(6) : 540-546

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