Indications for Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymphadenectomy in Patients with Thin Melanoma (Breslow Thickness ≤1.0 mm)

@article{Stitzenberg2004IndicationsFL,
  title={Indications for Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymphadenectomy in Patients with Thin Melanoma (Breslow Thickness ≤1.0 mm)},
  author={Karyn Beth Stitzenberg and Pamela A. Groben and MS StaceyL.Stern and Nancy E. Thomas and Thomas A. Hensing and Leah B. Sansbury MSPH and David W. Ollila},
  journal={Annals of Surgical Oncology},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={900-906}
}
Background: Patients with thin (Breslow thickness ≤1.0 mm) melanoma have a good prognosis (5-year survival >90%). Consequently, the added benefit of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy (LM/SL) in these patients is controversial. We hypothesize that LM/SL with a focused examination of the sentinel node (SN) will detect a significant number of SN metastases in patients with thin melanoma and that certain clinical or histopathologic factors may serve as predictors of SN tumor… CONTINUE READING
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