|Hugh Judge Jewett III
Hugh J. Jewett and George H. Strong. Infiltrating Carcinoma of the Bladder: Relation of Depth of Penetration of the Bladder Wall to Incidence of Local Extension and Metastases. The Journal of Urology, 1946: 55, 366-372.
In this paper, Dr. Jewett reviewed the autopsies of 127 patients with infiltrating bladder cancer from 1919-1944. The depth of penetration of tumor into the bladder wall was documented in 107 cases and related to the incidence of 1) metastases, 2) lymphatic capillary invasion and 3) perivesical fixation. From this data, Dr. Jewett was able to stratify patients into three groups: those with submucosal invasion, those with invasion into the detrusor muscle and those with invasion through the detrusor. These groups served as the basis for and correspond to today's modern staging categories of non-muscle invasive (pTa, pT1), muscle invasive (pT2) and locally invasive (pT3, pT4) urothelial cancer.
In addition, this manuscript defined the lymphatic drainage of the bladder in relation to the peritoneum and abdominal wall and detailed
the principle sites of invasion of urothelial metastases (regional lymph nodes, liver, lungs and vertebral column).
This manuscript was a landmark paper, in that it described the basis for our modern-day staging of bladder cancer and developed a prognostic model that could be easily shared among physicians and patients. It has been cited over 400 times since its original publication.
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