Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Melanoma Patients: The Medical Oncologist's Perspective

Paola Queirolo, Paola Taveggia, Marco Gipponi, Mario Roberto Sertoli

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With the advent of sentinel node (sN) biopsy in melanoma patients, elective lymph node dissection (ELND) can be considered an exceeded procedure. Regardless of the possible therapeutic benefits, sN biopsy efficiently predicts prognosis avoiding the morbidity rate of ELND. The importance of the sN is underlined by multivariate analyses, which show that the sN status represents the most important prognostic factor influencing disease-free and distant disease-free survival in patients with stage I and II melanoma. Moreover, sN biopsy provides a minimally invasive method for identifying those patients with subclinical nodal metastasis who actually have stage III disease, with a very high risk of occult distant metastases and who may benefit by adjuvant therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2004


  • Adjuvant treatment
  • Cutaneous melanoma
  • Sentinel lymph node

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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