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The Number of Tumor Cells Spread to Sentinel Lymph Nodes Affects Melanoma Prognosis

The Number of Tumor Cells Spread to Sentinel Lymph Nodes Affects Melanoma Prognosis | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it
Cancer cell spread to the sentinel node -- the lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor -- is a risk factor for melanoma death. The prognosis of a patient largely depends on the number of disseminated cancer cells per million lymphocytes in the sentinel node. Even very low numbers were found to be predictive for reduced survival.
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ScienceDaily  |  Feb 18, 2014

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Biopsy Staging Ups Survival in Melanoma

Biopsy Staging Ups Survival in Melanoma | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Biopsy-based staging of thicker melanomas led to significantly better 10-year metastasis-free and disease-specific survival compared with wide excision and nodal observation, a randomized trial showed."

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MedPage Today  |  Feb 12, 2014

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