Strategies based on evidence are required to accurately stage and effectively follow patients with melanoma. The goal of staging is to define the extent of disease at the time of presentation to direct and assign prognosis. Patient surveillance is performed to assess treatment results and detect recurrences amenable to further treatment. Staging and surveillance require careful use of resources to be cost effective. This article addresses preoperative staging and post-treatment surveillance of patients with melanoma and outlines a method of follow-up based on available data.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Clinics in Plastic Surgery|
|State||Published - 2000|