Role of sentinel lymphadenectomy in thin invasive cutaneous melanomas.

@article{Bleicher2003RoleOS,
  title={Role of sentinel lymphadenectomy in thin invasive cutaneous melanomas.},
  author={Richard J. Bleicher and Richard Essner and Leland J. Foshag and Leslie A. Wanek and DonaldL. Morton},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2003},
  volume={21 7},
  pages={
          1326-31
        }
}
PURPOSE Regional lymph node status is the strongest prognostic determinant in early-stage melanoma. Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy (LM/SL) is standard to stage regional nodes because it is accurate and minimally morbid, yet its role for thin (<or= 1.5 mm) primary melanomas is unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS Our melanoma database of more than 10,000 patients was reviewed for patients with melanomas <or= 1.50 mm thick who underwent LM/SL. All had lymphoscintigrams and LM/SL via… CONTINUE READING
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