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Multi-institutional melanoma lymphatic mapping experience: the prognostic value of sentinel lymph node status in 612 stage I or II melanoma patients.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
3
Pages
976–983
Identifiers
PMID: 10071292
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Lymphatic mapping and SLN biopsy is highly accurate in staging nodal basins at risk for regional metastases in primary melanoma patients and identifies those who may benefit from earlier lymphadenectomy. Furthermore, pathologic status of the SLN in these patients with clinically negative nodes is the most important prognostic factor for recurrence. The information from SLN biopsy is particularly helpful in establishing stratification criteria for future adjuvant trials.

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