Proposed quality standards for regional lymph node dissections in patients with melanoma.

  title={Proposed quality standards for regional lymph node dissections in patients with melanoma.},
  author={Andrew J Spillane and Bernard L H Cheung and Jonathan Raymond Stretch and Richard A Scolyer and Kerwin F Shannon and Michael J. Quinn and Robyn P. M. Saw and W H Mccarthy and John F Thompson},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  volume={249 3},
OBJECTIVE The experience of the Sydney Melanoma Unit (SMU) is documented to offer quality assurance (QA) standards and an acceptable range for lymph node yield for regional lymph node dissection (RLND) in melanoma patients. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Surgery is the most effective treatment for melanoma involving lymph nodes (LN). QA for RLND procedures, including adequacy of surgery and histopathology, is not well developed. The number of LN removed is one auditable measurement, known as a… CONTINUE READING


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