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Stage I melanoma encompasses an extraordinary diversity of biologic behavior. In such a setting where numerous parameters appear to influence survival, a multifactorial analysis using Cox's regression model is a valuable statistical model. Using a computerized data base of 394 clinical stage I melanoma patients treated at this institution during the past 20(More)
During the last decade, several analyses of prognostic factors for differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) have been reported. Although these studies have established a framework for rational treatment planning, they have not fully answered questions regarding the prognostic significance of cervical lymph node metastases. An analysis of patients treated for DTC(More)
Twelve prognostic features of melanoma were examined in a series of 185 patients with nodal metastases (Stage II), who underwent surgical treatment at our institution during the past 20 years. Forty-four per cent of the patients presented with synchronous nodal metastases (substage IIA), 44% of the patients had delayed nodal metastases (substage IIB), and(More)
One hundred seventy-one patients received one year of melphalan or intermittent cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and fluorouracil after mastectomy for breast cancer with involved axillary nodes. Analysis with a median follow-up of three years indicates a favorable outcome only for patients with 1-3 positive nodes who were treated with melphalan and who(More)
Single and multifactorial analyses were used to evaluate prognosis and results of surgical treatment in 534 clinical Stage I patients with head and neck cutaneous melanoma treated at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (U.S.A.) and the University of Sydney (Australia). This computerized data base was prospectively accumulated in over 90% of cases.(More)
Ulceration of a cutaneous melanoma on microscopic sections is an adverse prognostic finding. The five-year survival rate is reduced from 80% for non-ulcerated melanomas to 55% in the presence of ulceration for Stage I melanoma patients and from 53 to 12% for Stage II melanoma patients (P less than 0.001). As a group, ulcerated lesions are thicker and more(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors determined the roles of the physician and the patient in melanoma recurrence detection. METHODS The University of Alabama Melanoma Registry, consisting of 1475 patients surgically treated for cutaneous melanoma from 1958 to 1984, was searched to find 195 evaluable cases of melanoma recurrence. Patients were grouped by the type of(More)
A multifactorial analysis of 200 cutaneous melanoma patients with distant metastasis (stage III) was performed on 13 clinical and pathological factors using the Cox regression analysis. There were only three dominant prognostic variables that independently predicted the patient's clinical course: (1) number of metastatic sites (1 vs. 2 vs. greater than or(More)
This study reports the results of a prospectively randomized trial for treatment of carcinoma of the breast comparing standard (Halsted) radical mastectomy to a modified radical mastectomy. Three hundred eleven patients with primary operable carcinoma of the breast were entered in a surgical and adjunctive chemotherapy trial in Alabama between 1975 and(More)