Gastric Cancer Staging-Critical Analysis of the Lymph Node Involvement

Paulo Kassab, Carlos Alberto Malheiros


The new 2009 UICC classification of lymph node involvement in gastric cancer, also adopted by the JGCA changed the number of invaded lymph nodes and also increased the number of stages from 6 to 8. Although its usefulness in operated patients it not provide an exact stage in non-operated patients and also does not stimulate adequate training and careful handling of the specimens.

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