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Searching for patients with high-risk melanoma to test pembrolizumab before and after surgery

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This trial aims to test the effectiveness of pembrolizumab (Keytruda) before and after surgery in patients with high-risk melanoma. The main outcome that will be measured will be survival without cancer-related events. The details Pembrolizumab is an anti-cancer medication that targets the immune system. It helps the immune system...

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Optimal surgery margins in stage 2 melanomas

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the safe margin (the tissue removed around the tumor during surgery) for stage 2 melanomas (tumors with 1-2 mm in thickness). Researchers suggested that the safe margin during melanoma surgery is between 8 and 16 mm.  Some background The standard treatment for patients with stage 2 melanomas (tumor...

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Long-term follow up and survival after melanoma relapse

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell The authors analyzed the factors that predict the return of melanoma (recurrence) and the survival of recurrent melanoma patients following a negative diagnostic report.  Some background One of the most important factors that predict the possibility of melanoma recurrence is the status of sentinel lymph node (SLN). SLN is...

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Surgery as a single or combination treatment in skin cancer

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell The authors aimed to determine the differences between surgery alone or in combination with biopsy in treating skin cancer.  Some background Sentinel-node biopsy (removes tissue from the lymph node (site that holds immune cells) to determine cancer progression) is the standard-of-care in skin cancer. Wide local excision is a...

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How do surgery margins affect melanoma recurrence?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell The authors aimed to determine whether reducing surgery margins would increase cancer recurrence in melanoma patients. Some background Wide local excision is a common form of treatment in patients with melanoma. It involves surgically removing the cancerous tissue and a layer of healthy tissue surrounding the melanoma. Margins are...

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Evaluating the benefits of adjuvant radiotherapy after therapeutic lymphadenectomy for melanoma patients with positive lymph nodes

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell The present study compared the outcomes between patients with clinically advanced melanoma spread to the lymph nodes who underwent therapeutic lymphadenectomy (TL) alone, or TL with regional radiation therapy. Some background Melanoma spread to the nearby lymph nodes is also called lymph-node metastatic melanoma. The treatment for...

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Surgical removal of metastatic stage IV melanomas can increase length of survival and overall survival rates

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article provides the results of a study investigating surgical removal of metastatic stage IV melanomas. Results showed that surgical removal of metastatic melanomas can provide an increased survival time compared to systemic treatment alone. Some background Cutaneous melanoma which spread to other organs of the body (stage IV)...

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