Prognostic factors analysis of 17,600 melanoma patients: validation of the American Joint Committee on Cancer melanoma staging system.

@article{Balch2001PrognosticFA,
  title={Prognostic factors analysis of 17,600 melanoma patients: validation of the American Joint Committee on Cancer melanoma staging system.},
  author={Charles M. Balch and Seng-jaw Soong and Jeffrey E Gershenwald and John F Thompson and Douglas Scott Reintgen and Natale Cascinelli and Marshall M. Urist and Kelly M. Mcmasters and Merrick I. Ross and John Munn Kirkwood and Michael B. Atkins and James E Thompson and Daniel G. Coit and David Martin Byrd and Renee L. Desmond and Yu Zhang and Ping Yang Liu and Gary H. Lyman and Alessandro Morabito},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2001},
  volume={19 16},
  pages={
          3622-34
        }
}
PURPOSE The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) recently proposed major revisions of the tumor-node-metastases (TNM) categories and stage groupings for cutaneous melanoma. Thirteen cancer centers and cancer cooperative groups contributed staging and survival data from a total of 30,450 melanoma patients from their databases in order to validate this staging proposal. PATIENTS AND METHODS There were 17,600 melanoma patients with complete clinical, pathologic, and follow-up information… CONTINUE READING
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