Observation After a Positive Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Patients with Melanoma

@article{Bamboat2014ObservationAA,
  title={Observation After a Positive Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Patients with Melanoma},
  author={Zubin M. Bamboat and Ioannis T Konstantinidis and Deborah Kuk ScM and PhD Charlotte E. Ariyan and Mary S Brady and Daniel G. Coit},
  journal={Annals of Surgical Oncology},
  year={2014},
  volume={21},
  pages={3117-3123}
}
The benefit of completion lymph node dissection (CLND) in melanoma patients with a positive sentinel lymph node (SLN) remains unknown. We identified patients with a positive SLN from 1994 to 2012. Patient and tumor characteristics, reasons for not undergoing CLND, patterns of recurrence, and melanoma-specific survival data were analyzed. Of 4,310 patients undergoing SLN biopsy (SLNB), 495 (11 %) had a positive SLN—167 (34 %) patients underwent nodal observation and 328 (66 %) had immediate CLND… CONTINUE READING
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