Prospective evaluation of a follow-up schedule in cutaneous melanoma patients: recommendations for an effective follow-up strategy.

@article{Garbe2003ProspectiveEO,
  title={Prospective evaluation of a follow-up schedule in cutaneous melanoma patients: recommendations for an effective follow-up strategy.},
  author={Claus Garbe and Andrena Paul and Hanna Kohler-Sp{\"a}th and Ulf Ellwanger and Waltraud Stroebel and Monika Schwarz and Bettina Schlagenhauff and Friedegund Meier and Birgit Schittek and Hans-Juergen Blaheta and Andreas Blum and Gernot Rassner},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2003},
  volume={21 3},
  pages={520-9}
}
PURPOSE To prospectively examine and evaluate the results of follow-up procedures in a large cohort of cutaneous melanoma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS This was a prospective study in 2,008 consecutive patients with stage I to IV cutaneous melanoma from 1996 to 1998 on the yield of stage-appropriate follow-up examinations according to the German guidelines. Documentation of patient and follow-up data comprised patient demography, primary tumor specifics, and any clinical and technical… CONTINUE READING