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Special Considerations in the Management of Pediatric Melanoma Patients 

Special Considerations in the Management of Pediatric Melanoma Patients
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Special Considerations in the Management of Pediatric Melanoma Patients
Author(s):

Damon Reed

and Fariba Navid

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199971015.003.0013
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date: 18 October 2019

The diagnosis and workup of melanoma in a child is often a complex process. The pathological studies, staging, surgical management, and decisions about adjuvant therapy are often based on extrapolation from adult data. At the same time, the risks and benefits of these decisions are magnified by the patient’s young age and normally long life expectancy. While the incidence of other pediatric malignancies has remained stable, the incidence of adolescent melanoma is increasing at a rate of 2% per year. In view of the multiple variables involved and the limited quantity of good prospective data, clinical decisions in pediatric melanoma are challenging.

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