Diagnosis of melanoma in the elderly and surgical implications

A. Testori, I. Stanganelli, L. Della Grazia, L. Mahadavan

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The diagnosis of primary melanoma is mainly related to the precocity on which a patient is referred to the specialist, but in elderly patients this may present some peculiar characteristics, one is anatomical, a typical melanoma of the face, the lentigo maligna melanoma and the second is attitudinal, the fact that elderly patients often do not refer a changing cutaneous lesion to a doctor until becoming symptomatic. The therapeutic approach has to be discussed with an anaesthesiologist if the procedure has to be conducted under general anaesthesia or with a cardiologist if under local anaesthesia. Once there are no contraindications medically, a similar oncological approach should be proposed without any reduction in radicality due to the elderly age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-221
Number of pages11
JournalSurgical Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • Elderly
  • Melanoma
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery


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