Long-term survival of patients with invasive ultra-thin cutaneous melanoma: A single-center retrospective analysis

Antonella Vecchiato, Elisa Zonta, Luca Campana, Giacomo Dal Bello, Marco Rastrelli, Carlo Riccardo Rossi, Mauro Alaibac

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Abstract

The incidence of cutaneous melanoma is increasing worldwide, especially for thin melanoma (Breslow ≤ 1 mm). Thin cutaneous melanoma has a favorable prognosis but there are few data about the prognosis of patients with ultra-thin cutaneous melanoma (Breslow ≤ 0.5 mm). Our aim was to investigate the disease-free survival among patients with invasive cutaneous melanoma with Breslow ≤ 0.5 mm after 10 years from the initial diagnosis. A retrospective review of 240 cutaneous melanoma patients with Breslow ≤ 0.5 mm was performed. Recurrence, death from cutaneous melanoma, and disease-free survival were all identified. In the whole group of patients, we observed only 2 deaths from cutaneous melanoma. Median follow-up was 13, 11 years. Among all 240 patients, 221 were alive and disease free, 2 died of cutaneous melanoma, 11 died of other non-neoplastic diseases, 5 died of other neoplastic diseases different from melanoma, and 1 patient had a local recurrence; therefore the 10-year melanoma survival rate was 99.6%. Our data indicate that death from cutaneous melanoma in the group of patients with Breslow

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2452
JournalMedicine (United States)
Volume95
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • Medicine(all)

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