Appropriateness of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the thin skin melanoma

Kukushkina M.M., Korovin S., Solodyannikova O.I., Bashtan V.P., Sukach G.G., Potorocha A.N. , Palivets A., Ostafiichuk V., Boychuk S.I.

Summary. Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is a standard diagnostic procedure for skin melanoma. However, in contrast to tumor with thickness >1.0 mm by Breslow, metastases in SLN for thin melanomas is quite rare. This raise a question about the appropriateness of SLN biopsy for these group of patients. The article presents long-term results of SLN biopsy in 48 melanoma patients with tumor thickness ≤1.0 mm, that were treated in the National Cancer Institute.
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