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Surgical Treatment of Melanoma 

Surgical Treatment of Melanoma
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Surgical Treatment of Melanoma
Author(s):

Matthew P. Doepker

and Amod A. Sarnaik

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199971015.003.0005
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date: 21 September 2019

The surgical treatment of localized melanoma has been based on several randomized, prospective clinical trials. Proper margins of excision has undergone very little change over the last decade and are accepted by the NCCN and WHO as standard of care margins for the treatment of primary melanoma . This chapter reviews the treatment options for the resection of primary melanomas, breaking down the sections into the treatment of thin, intermediate, and thick melanomas and discussing some of the controversies associated with the treatment of thin and thick primary melanomas. Evidence and support for the use of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy will be discussed as well.

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