Lymph node number is a quality metric to measure the performance of healthcare providers, due to its clear correlation with patient survival. 
Medical authorities, such as AJCC, NCCN, ASCO, CAP, stipulate lymph node count requirements and recommendations for different cancer types. 
American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) has stricter requirements for lymph node counts for different cancer types. 
What do practitioners say about lymph node searching?
“The United Kingdom Royal College of Pathologists’ Guidelines on Staffing and Workload allocates … an anticipated time spent of 31-50 min. This would appear to underestimate the time required for a thorough job.”
Lymph node grossing contributes to pathology resident burnouts, according to College of American Pathologists (CAP). 
A Mayo Clinic Study found that one Mayo Clinic hospital was retrieving 50% fewer lymph nodes than another Mayo Clinic hospital. The reason was attributed to pathology practitioner human errors.
Close to 50% lymph nodes are missed during traditional manual palpation, according to data published by Vanderbilt University.
Up to 50% of the cancerous lymph nodes are less than 5 mm in size. They are the smaller lymph nodes that are easily missed in traditional manual palpation.[10-12]
The Blame Game:
Because lymph node counts are performance metrics for providers, surgeons and pathologists often get into a blame game over whose fault it is when the required number of lymph nodes are not found.
The community needs a technical breakthrough to resolve the practical challenges in lymph node searches.
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