Lymph node dissection for lung cancer significance, strategy, and technique

Shun Ichi Watanabe, Hisao Asamura

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Since Cahan (1960) reported the first 48 cases that successfully underwent lobectomy with regional lymph node dissection, which was called "radical lobectomy", this procedure was universally accepted and has remained a standard surgery for lung cancer. In recent decades, the intrathoracic reevaluation of disease at thoracotomy for lung cancer has evolved into a detailed and sophisticated assessment of disease extent. Central to this is an evaluation of nodal involvement at the mediastinal and hilar levels. This technique, termed "systematic nodal dissection" (SND), has been accepted by the IASLC to be an important component of intrathoracic staging. In this manuscript, the significance, recent strategy, and technique of lymph node dissection for lung cancer are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-657
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Thoracic Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May
Externally publishedYes


  • Lung cancer
  • Lymph node dissection
  • Pulmonary resection
  • Systematic nodal dissection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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