Surgical treatment of melanoma: A survey of italian hospitals

Alessandro Testori, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Ignazio Stanganelli, Carlo Riccardo Rossi, Franco Di Filippo, Ruggero Ridolfi, Giorgio Parmiani, Sara Gandini, Javier Soteldo

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Surgery is the first option for treating melanoma regardless of stage at presentation. We surveyed a representative sample of hospitals to evaluate management and quality of surgical indications for melanoma in Italy. At analysis, hospitals were grouped into high-or low-volume centers, with the population median of 25 diagnoses serving as the cut-off. Surgery for primary melanoma was similar between hospital groups. More high-volume centers were organized to perform sentinel node biopsy (91 vs. 56%). There were no major differences between high-and low-volume centers concerning the surgical approach to stage III and IV disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-31
Number of pages4
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


  • Incision margins
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Melanoma
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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