Sentinel Node Biopsy in Endometrial Cancer

  • End date
    Jan 18, 2031
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer
Updated on 21 September 2021


Endometrial cancer (EC) is the most common gynaecological cancer. Current treatment of EC typically includes removal of the uterus and to determine the extent of the disease (removal of fallopian tubes, ovaries & if required a lymph node dissection (surgical staging)). While lymph node dissection may be valuable to guide the need for adjuvant treatment (chemo or radiotherapy) after surgery, it has been a topic of controversy for the last 30 years. In some patients it causes morbidity, specifically lymphoedema. This recently has been replaced with sentinel node biopsy (SNB). It requires an injection of a dye into the cervix with specific equipment & surgical dissection of the lymph node in which the dye first becomes visible. Despite this promising proposition & similar to a lymph node dissection, the value to patients, cost effectiveness & potential harms (e.g. lymphedema) of SNB compared to no-node dissection in EC has never been established. Aim: determine the value of SNB for patients, the healthcare system and exclude detriment to patients using a randomised approach 1:1. Stage 1 - 444 patients. Stage 2 additional 316 patients.

Primary Outcome Stage 1:

Proportion of participants returning to usual daily activities at 12 months from surgery using the EQ-5D which will determine when women in both groups can return to their usual activities.

Primary Outcome Stage 2:

Treatment non-inferiority as evaluated by disease-free survival status at 4.5 years post-surgery, as measured by the time interval between the date of randomisation and date of first recurrence. Confirmation of recurrent disease will be ascertained through clinical assessment, radiological work-up and/or histological results.


Hypothesis: The primary hypothesis is that SNB will not cause detriment to patients (lymphoedema, morbidity, loss of quality of life) and not increase costs compared to patients without a retroperitoneal node dissection. The secondary hypothesis is that disease-free survival in patients without retroperitoneal node dissection is not inferior to those receiving SNB.

Aims: To determine the value of SNB for patients, the healthcare system and to exclude detriment to patients.


Primary Stage 1:

To determine the recovery of participants (defined as incidence of adverse events, lower limb lymphoedema and health-related QOL) and to the healthcare system (cost) of Sentinel Node Biopsy (SNB) for the surgical treatment of endometrial cancer.

Primary Stage 2:

Compare disease-free survival at 4.5 years for participants randomised to receive hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy with SNB compared to participants randomised to hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy without retroperitoneal node dissection.

  • Compare patterns of recurrence and overall survival (OS) between the groups
  • Determine the cost-effectiveness of SNB
  • Compare Patient Reported Outcomes (PROMS) between the groups at 12 months from surgery
  • Compare Health Related Quality of Life (HRQL) and Fear of Recurrence between the groups at 12 months from surgery
  • Compare perioperative outcomes (duration of surgery, length of hospital stay, intraoperative blood loss, blood transfusion requirements) and the incidence of intraand postoperative adverse events within 12 months from surgery between the groups
  • Compare lower limb lymphoedema at 12 months after surgery
  • Compare the need for postoperative (adjuvant) treatments between groups
  • Determine the impact of body composition and frailty on survival, quality of life, lymphoedema, peri-, intra- and postoperative outcomes
  • Compare follow-up strategies (clinical vs symptom checklist)
  • Translational Research - Trans-ENDO 3 - biobanking strategy - Compare the Molecular profile at 12 months from surgery between the groups

Condition Surgical aspects, Sentinel Node, surgical procedure, surgical treatment, Surgery, surgical procedures, Endometrial Cancer Stage I, surgeries, Sentinel Lymph Node
Treatment TH BSO with SNB, TH BSO without retroperitoneal node dissection, TH BSO with SNB Note: If participants (≤45 years of age) wish to retain their ovaries a BSO may be omitted., TH BSO without retroperitoneal node dissection Note: If participants (≤45 years of age) wish to retain their ovaries a BSO may be omitted.
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04073706
SponsorQueensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer
Last Modified on21 September 2021


Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Females, over 18 years, with histologically confirmed primary epithelial cancer of the endometrium of any cell type or uterine carcinosarcoma (mixed malignant mullerian tumour)
Clinically stage I disease (disease confined to body of uterus)
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1
Signed written informed consent
Participant must meet criteria for a laparoscopic or robotic surgical approach as determined by the treating physician (e.g. suitable for TH BSO, ability to tolerate Trendelenberg positioning)
All available clinical evidence (physical examination findings, or medical imaging such as CT, MRI or ultrasound) demonstrates no evidence of extrauterine disease
Negative serum pregnancy test 30 days of surgery in pre-menopausal women and women < 2 years after the onset of menopause

Exclusion Criteria

Evidence of extrauterine disease (apparent involvement of cervix, vagina, parametria, adnexa, lymph nodes, bladder, bowel or distant sites) by clinical examination and/or through medical imaging
Enlarged retroperitoneal pelvic and/or aortic lymph nodes (>1 cm) on medical imaging
Estimated life expectancy of less than 6 months
Patients who have absolute contraindications for adjuvant radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Patients who have previously received chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment to the pelvis
Serious concomitant systemic disorders incompatible with the study (at the discretion of the investigator)
Patient compliance and geographic proximity that do not allow adequate follow-up
Patients with allergy to Indocyanine Green (ICG)
Patients who have had previous retroperitoneal surgery
Patients who require a retroperitoneal (pelvic +/- para-aortic) lymph node dissection (lymphadenectomy)
Other prior malignancies <5 years before inclusion, except for successfully treated keratinocyte skin cancers, or ductal carcinoma of the breast insitu
Uterine perforation during endometrial tissue sampling
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