Selective lateral lymph node dissection after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy in rectal cancer
Jia-Nan Chen, Zheng Liu, Zhi-Jie Wang, Shi-Wen Mei, Hai-Yu Shen, Juan Li, Wei Pei, Zheng Wang, Xi-Shan Wang, Qian Liu, Department of Colorectal Surgery, National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union College, Beijing 100021, China
Jun Yu, Departments of Surgery, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States
Author contributions: Chen JN and Wang ZJ designed the research; Mei SW, Shen HY, and Li J collected the data; Pei W, Wang Z, and Liu Z analyzed the data; Chen JN drafted the article; Liu Q, Yu J, and Wang XS revised the paper.
Supported by the Medicine and Health Technology Innovation Project of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, No. 2017-12M-1-006; and China Scholarship Council, No. CSC201906210471.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of the National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College.
Informed consent statement: All patients signed informed consent forms.
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Corresponding author: Qian Liu, MD, Chief Doctor, Professor, Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery, National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, No. 17 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100021, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: January 7, 2020
Peer-review started: January 7, 2020
First decision: February 19, 2020
Revised: April 17, 2020
Accepted: April 28, 2020
Article in press: April 28, 2020
Published online: June 7, 2020