Oncology & Cancer

Changing the standard of care for stage III melanoma surgery

For years, surgery for patients with stage III melanoma—melanoma that has spread to the lymph nodes—involved removing those lymph nodes along with the primary tumor. Known as completion lymph node dissection (CLND), the ...

Oncology & Cancer

Sentinel node biopsy safe, effective in head and neck melanomas

A common technique for determining whether melanoma has spread can be used safely and effectively even in tumors from the head and neck area, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Oncology & Cancer

Sentinel node biopsy safe for vulvar squamous cell cancer

(HealthDay) -- For women with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the vulva, sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy may be safely used in place of inguinal femoral lymphadenectomy, according to research published online July 2 in ...

Oncology & Cancer

New guidelines issued for biopsy use in melanoma patients

(HealthDay) -- Sentinel lymph node biopsy -- a minimally invasive surgical technique that lets doctors see whether cancer has spread -- should be performed on patients with melanoma tumors of intermediate thickness and may ...

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