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Minerva Chirurgica 2006 April;61(2):141-54

language: English

The role of the surgeon in the management of melanoma

Sabel M. S., Arora A.

Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Ann Arbor, MI, USA


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While multimodality therapy has become the standard for most solid tumors, the mainstay of therapy for melanoma remains surgical. This includes not only early stage disease, but advanced melanoma as well. The surgical approach to melanoma has changed dramatically, with a trend towards less aggressive resection of the primary tumor, and towards a more aggressive approach to regional and metastatic disease. Melanoma surgery has been altered by our knowledge of the biology of the disease, and the results of well-designed, prospective randomized trials. Conversely, new surgical approaches have expanded our understanding of melanoma biology, and new randomized trials are needed to further define the optimal surgical approach. This article will review the evolution of melanoma surgery and the evidence behind today’s recommendations.

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