BACKGROUND: Oesophageal adenocarcinoma is the commonest oesophageal malignancy in the West, but is staged using a system designed for squamous cell carcinoma. The aim was to develop and validate a staging system for oesophageal and junctional adenocarcinoma. METHODS: Patients with oesophageal adenocarcinoma (Siewert types I and II) undergoing oesophagectomy with curative intent were randomly assigned to generation (313 patients) and validation (131) data sets. Outcome in the generation data set was associated with histopathological features; a revised node (N) classification was derived using recursive partitioning and tested on the validation data set. RESULTS: A revised N classification based on number of involved lymph nodes (N0, none; N1, one to five; N2, six or more) was prognostically significant (P <0.001). Patients with involved nodes on both sides of the diaphragm, regardless of number, had the same outcome as the N2 group. When applied to the validation data set, the revised classification (including nodal number and location) provided greater discrimination between node-positive patients than the existing system (P <0.001). CONCLUSION: A revised N classification based on number and location of involved lymph nodes provides improved prognostic power and incorporates features that may be useful before surgery in clinical management decisions. Copyright 2009 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
|Translated title of the contribution||Generation and validation of a revised classification for oesophageal and junctional adenocarcinoma|
|Pages (from-to)||724 - 733|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||British Journal of Plastic Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2009|