Surgical therapy of primary cutaneous melanoma

Patrick J. Geraghty, Timothy M. Johnson, Vernon K. Sondak, Alfred E. Chang

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This review focuses on the surgical treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma. Interpretation of biopsy results and a rational approach to preoperative screening methods for metastases are examined. The marked changes in operative approach to melanoma over the past century are reviewed, with emphasis on the impact of prospective, randomized trials upon the width of surgical margins for melanoma. General principles of current surgical technique are discussed, with attention given to modifications of technique dictated by unique anatomic tumor sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-393
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Surgical Oncology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 1996


  • biopsy/methods
  • melanoma
  • neoplasm recurrence, local
  • prognosis
  • prospective studies
  • randomized controlled trials
  • skin neoplasm/surgery
  • surgery, operative/methods


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