Melanoma is considered one of the most lethal cancers and surgical therapy of its pulmonary metastases is rarely indicated. The only hope for a successful surgical treatment of secondaries from melanoma is a radical resection. Considering the very frequent multiorgan involvement of melanoma metastases, surgery is usually possible in less than 5% of cases. Nevertheless, in selected cases without lymphonodal involvement a 5-year survival rate of 31 % has been reported. In any way, it must be remembered that about 10% of lung tumours thought to be metastases are primary cancers. In this occurrence surgery could be a rescuing solution. So, a pulmonary resection is always imperative when some diagnostic doubt exists.
|Translated title of the contribution||Surgery in lung metastasis of melanoma|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annali Italiani di Chirurgia|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1998|
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