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Diagnosed with Stage3 endometrial uterine cancer. Information about uterine lymph channels?

I have just been diagnosed with Stage 3 endometrial uterine cancer--I had a tubal ligation in 1977 therefore my ovarian pathology was negative as was the harvested pelvic lymph nodes. However my gyn- oncologist said the path report showed that the initial tumor had penetrated 3/4 s of the uterine wall & from the time of my diagnostic D&C to my complete hysterectomy it had spread to the top of the cervix & was found in the lymph channels--this is my question What or where are these lymph channels--I am a retired nurse but cannot find a reference on line for uterine lymph channels? Thank you.
Asked On : Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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Hi thanks for your question.
Being a nurse I am sure you would be well versed with anotomy of uterus.Different parts of uterus are drained by differnt lymph nodes.There are three main group of lymh nodes in pelvic cavity.Illiac group,inguinal group and aortic group of lymph nodes.
Lymphatic from fundus and upper part of body goes to aortic and superfascial inguinal group of lymph node.Lower part of body goes to external illiac and from cervix goes to external and internal illiac and partly to sacral. lymph node.
Lymphatic channel are small channel whch drain lymh from various organs to corresponding group of lymph nodes.Various lymph nodes group join together by these lymphatic channel and fially they join to from a big channel called as thoracic duct, which returne lymph to systemic circulation.
Hope this answers your question.
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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