Lymph Node Status in Colorectal Cancer; Is There a Case for Auditing the Pathologist and the Surgeon?

Document Type : Review Article


Department of Histopathology, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Oldham Hospital, Oldham, United Kingdom


The significance of nodal metastasis as a prognostic factor in colorectal cancer is universally recognised and accepted. This article
discusses the various factors that govern lymph node harvest and how to improve that. We will discuss the outcome of lymph node
harvest as a possible form of auditing the surgical technique and the pathologist dedication.