Excision margins in the treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials comparing narrow vs wide excision.

@article{Lens2002ExcisionMI,
  title={Excision margins in the treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials comparing narrow vs wide excision.},
  author={M. Lens and Martin Dawes and Tim Goodacre and Julia A. Newton Bishop},
  journal={Archives of surgery},
  year={2002},
  volume={137 10},
  pages={1101-5}
}
BACKGROUND The optimal excision margin for primary cutaneous melanoma remains controversial, although several clinical studies have suggested that wide local excision is unnecessary. HYPOTHESIS Wide excision margins do not improve survival in patients with melanoma. OBJECTIVES To describe the published evidence and determine the effectiveness of wide surgical margins compared with narrow surgical margins. DESIGN Systematic review of randomized controlled trials that compared narrow… CONTINUE READING