Update on the melanoma staging system: the importance of sentinel node staging and primary tumor mitotic rate.

@article{Balch2011UpdateOT,
  title={Update on the melanoma staging system: the importance of sentinel node staging and primary tumor mitotic rate.},
  author={Charles Balch and Jeffrey E Gershenwald and Seng-jaw Soong and John F Thompson},
  journal={Journal of surgical oncology},
  year={2011},
  volume={104 4},
  pages={379-85}
}
The 7(th) Edition of the AJCC Staging Manual includes a detailed summary of melanoma staging and prognosis. The revisions are summarized in this article, along with details on two key aspects of melanoma staging: the incorporation of mitotic rate of the primary melanoma and the key role of the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in determining accurate staging for clinically occult nodal metastases. Primary tumor mitotic rate was introduced as a major criterion for melanoma staging and prognosis… CONTINUE READING

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