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Melanoma Staging and Risk Stratification 

Melanoma Staging and Risk Stratification
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Melanoma Staging and Risk Stratification
Author(s):

Prejesh Philips

, Emmanuel Gabriel

, and Alfredo A. Santillan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199971015.003.0004
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date: 16 September 2019

Melanoma staging has historically been a dynamic and continuously evolving process. It is based on the existing evidence of factors known to impact prognosis as well as deliver guided therapy. Over the last few decades, clinical melanoma-staging systems have incorporated a wide array of radiological and biochemical modalities. Staging systems are essential to clinicians in order to provide prognostic information to patients, develop tailored treatment strategies, and guide the evaluation of clinical trials. Melanoma staging has evolved as more prognostic factors are characterized. This chapter outlines the major developments in melanoma staging and their impact on current staging systems and risk stratification.

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