Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping In Cervical Cancer


Lymph node assessment provides the crucial information about the prognosis of cervical cancer. Sentinel lymph node stands in the first station on the lymph node metastasis pathways. While traditional systemically lymph node resection would bring a lot of complications, sentinel node mapping and biopsy is a feasible way with less damage to evaluate whether lymph node metastasis occurs in early cervical cancer patients, due to less lymph nodes resected. However, the process of this technology isn't well established. The investigators intend to conduct a prospective and multicentric study to evaluate the effectiveness of different mapping methods to achieve a reliable lymph node assessment. Early cervical cancer patients in each center will be recruited in the investigators' study with inclusion and exclusion criteria. After the patients signing the informed consent form, the surgery process will be performed, including sentinel lymph node mapping with Carbon Nanoparticles (CNP) or CNP combining Indocyanine Green(ICG), extra-fascial/sub-extensive/extensive hysterectomy, pelvic with or without para-aortic lymph node resection, sequentially. All resected nodes will be pathologically exanimated. Then the data obtained will be analyzed and discussed deeply and finally lead to a conclusion.

Full Title of Study: “Comparing the Diagnostic Value of Different Lymph Node Tracing Methods in Detecting Sentinel Lymph Node Metastasis in Early Cervical Cancer”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: N/A
    • Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: June 30, 2020

Detailed Description

Quality Control The investigators' quality assurance plan is as follows: A. Once the plan has been approved, it cannot be modified at will. If special circumstances such as difficulty in implementation are found after the start of the study, the proposal may be revised or supplemented by the discussion of the research group and the project leader, and the revised content shall be recorded in writing. The program change process is as follows: – Identify the problems and understand the necessary to change the plan; – Convene the main members of the research team and the project leader to discuss and propose solutions; – Revise the plan and update the version number, fill out the "Program Description"; – The revised plan and the "Revision of the Plan" need to be signed by the person in charge of the project. If necessary, they must be submitted to the ethics committee for approval or filing; if approved, the revised plan can be implemented. B. In order to ensure that the research personnel have sufficient qualifications to undertake specific research work, the research personnel should at least complete the following training before the project starts: – Research object protection and ethical requirements; – Study protocols and related standard operating procedures (tracer injection methods, use of near-infrared fluorescent vascular imagers, and pathology); – Case Report Form and gauge filling instructions (form entry criteria, surgical record methods, etc.); – Clinical research project implementation considerations (such as research object screening, enrollment, data collection process); Project-related training should be carried out throughout the research process. The project leader and project coordinator can increase the training content according to the situation, such as training on weak links in the test, training on updating programs and various causes. Data Management A. Case report form design The researcher is responsible for drafting the research case report form. B. Data Entry and Data Verification According to the final version of CRF, the project database is built using software. The data entry and verification is carried out by a dedicated person. Statistical Analysis A. Statistical Analysis Plan and Statistical Software After the trial protocol is determined, the statistical professors and the main investigators are responsible for developing a statistical analysis plan. The statistical analysis software uses SAS® 9.2 software (software installation point authorization number: 11202165). B. Calculation and reasoning of sample size The sample size is calculated using PASS11 software; the sample size is estimated based on the negative prediction value of the previous study, and the negative prediction value of SLNs is expected to be 90%; the allowable error is 2% (the range of the confidence interval is 88% to 92%). When the significant level is 0.05, 914 cases are needed to be studied. Considering the detection rate of 80% of SLNs, a total of 1143 cases are expected to be studied. C. Statistical Analysis Methods General principle Using a two-sided test, a P value of less than 0.05 would be considered statistically significant. The quantitative indicators will calculate the mean, standard deviation, median, minimum, maximum, lower quartile (Q1), upper quartile (Q3), and the classification indicators will describe the number of cases and percentages. Comparison of clinicopathological features (age, body mass index, pathological type, tumor stage, grading, maximum tumor diameter, invasive myometrial depth, lymphatic vascular infiltration, and tracer method) for SLNs and undetected SLNs will be based on the type of indicator. For the comparison of quantitative data between groups, the t-test or Wilcoxon rank sum test will be used according to the data distribution. For the comparison of categorical data between groups, the data will be analyzed by chi-square test or exact probability method (if the chi-square test is not applicable). And the grade data was analyzed by Wilcoxon rank sum test or CMH test. Clinical diagnostic index calculation According to the true positive (TP), false negative (FN), true negative (TN), and false positive (FP), the results of SLNs pathological examination and all lymph node pathological examination results will be compared. The comparison results will be plotted as a four-grid table to calculate sensitivity, false negative rate, and negative predictive value, respectively. Chi-square test or exact probability method (if the chi-square test is not applicable) will be used to compare the clinical diagnosis value of SLNs biopsy of endometrial cancer patients with injection of carbon nanoparticles (CNP) or combined injection of CNP and indocyanine green(ICG). Chi-square test or exact probability method (if the chi-square test is not applicable) will be used to analyze the clinic-pathological factors affecting the detection rate of SLNs.


  • Procedure: sentinel lymph node biopsy
    • Injecting carbon nanoparticles (CNP)[Not Equipped with near-infrared fluorescent vascular imager] or CNP combining Indocyanine Green(ICG)[Equipped with near-infrared fluorescent vascular imager]. Identifying and removing sentinel lymph nodes. Staining all nodes using hematoxylin-eosin staining.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Undergoing sentinel lymph node biopsy
    • This group of patients will undergo sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Negative Predictive Value
    • Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 2 years
    • Sentinel lymph node detection is defined as at least one lymph node is found in a patient. Sentinel lymph node negative is defined as no sentinel lymph node detected. True negative is defined as no metastasis found in both sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) and non-SLNs. Negative predictive value is defined as the proportion of true negative patients to SLNs negative patients in patients with sentinel lymph nodes detected, which means patients without SLNs detected won’t be included in the calculation.

Secondary Measures

  • SLNs detection rate
    • Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 2 years
    • Sentinel lymph node detection is defined as at least one lymph node is found in a patient. The detection rate is the proportion of the patients with SLNs detected in all enrolled patients.
  • Sensitivity
    • Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 2 years
    • Sensitivity is defined as the proportion of the SLNs positive patients in patients with SLNs or non-SLNs lymphatic metastasis (among the patients with SLNs detected)
  • False negative rate
    • Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 2 years
    • False negative is defined as no metastasis found in SLNs while metastasis found in non-SLNs. False negative rate is defined as the proportion of the false negative patients in the patients with SLNs or non-SLNs lymphatic metastasis(among the patients with SLNs detected)

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Diagnosis of early cervical cancer (FIGO IA1 with LVSI (+) to IIA). – Decide to receive extra-fascial/sub-extensive/extensive hysterectomy, pelvic with or without aortic lymph node resection – Agree to conduct the study and sign an informed consent form Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of cervical cancer in FIGO IIB stage and above – History of previous pelvic or inguinal lymphadenectomy or other history of surgery affecting the uterine lymphatic drainage – Other history of pelvic or abdominal malignant tumors in the past 5 years – Intolerable for surgery due to severe comorbidities – During a period of pregnancy – Allergic to the tracer – Diagnosis of uncontrolled epilepsy, central nervous system disease or mental disorder, with the judgment from the investigator that the above diseases would affect clinical research compliance.

Gender Eligibility: Female

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 80 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Peking University People’s Hospital
  • Collaborator
    • Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Jianliu Wang, Professor, Study Director, Peking University People’s Hospital
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • Jianliu Wang, Professor, 88324385,


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