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BACKGROUND Anatomic location has been identified by several investigators as a significant prognostic factor for patients with primary cutaneous melanoma (CM). However, the best determination of higher and lower risk sites is still controversial, and the biologic significance of tumor site in the course of primary CM is unknown. The aim of the present study(More)
BACKGROUND Numerous investigations have examined prognostic factors for patients with primary cutaneous melanoma. However, only a few studies have been published on the definition of prognostic groups. The first aim of the present study was to determine the relative importance of different prognostic factors in a large collective study. The second aim was(More)
BACKGROUND The benefit of elective lymph node dissection (ELND) for the treatment of the nonmetastasized malignant melanoma has been assessed differently until today. METHODS Nine medical centers with a different ELND practice but comparable standards regarding diagnosis, excision of the primary tumors, classification, and follow-up, have collected their(More)
BACKGROUND Maximum tumor thickness and level of invasion are known to be the most important prognostic factors for patients with primary cutaneous melanoma. However, the classification of tumor thickness and the question of whether the combination of tumor thickness and level of invasion provides a better prognostic classification than tumor thickness alone(More)
BACKGROUND In addition to tumor thickness, several other prognostic parameters have been identified in primary human melanomas. Some are available readily (localization, gender, age, and ulceration). Others must be evaluated with a moderate or even substantial amount of work (mitoses and immunohistochemical markers). This study was undertaken to determine(More)
UNLABELLED This retrospective analysis of 150 consecutive high-risk melanoma patients treated with high-dose interferon alfa-2b at a single institution demonstrates similar relapse-free and overall survival data, as previously published from Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and Intergroup trials. The data suggest at least a transient dose(More)
The evaluation of the impact of prevention activities on the course of survival in conjunction with the individual hazard rate of dying is described using data from a follow-up study of 10433 melanoma patients during three observation periods (1972-1980, 1981-1988, 1989-1996). Kaplan-Meier survival curves combined with hazard functions were calculated. At(More)
BACKGROUND Several authors have recommended adjuvant radiotherapy following resection of regional lymph node metastases in cutaneous malignant melanoma. There is, however, little evidence from controlled trials that patients benefit from this treatment. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the usefulness of adjuvant radiotherapy following resection of lymph node(More)
PURPOSE Current histopathological staging of cutaneous melanoma is limited in predicting outcome, and complementary molecular markers are not available for prognostic assessment. The purpose of this study was to identify a quantitative gene expression score in primary melanoma and adjacent stroma that can be used in clinical routine to define, at the time(More)
Promyelocytic leukemia zinc finger (PLZF) is a transcriptional repressor and tumor suppressor inhibiting melanoma cell growth in vitro and in vivo in animal models. In this study, we analyzed the impact of in vivo primary tumor gene expression of PLZF on the long-term survival of malignant melanoma patients. PLZF expression was assessed by using DNA(More)