Sentinel lymph node biopsy: Not yet standard of care for melanoma

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.170 (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:170
  1. J Meirion Thomas (sarcoma@mac.com), consultant surgical oncologist,
  2. Matthew A Clark, consultant surgical oncologist
  1. Royal Marsden Hospital Melanoma and Sarcoma Unit, London SW3 6JJ

    EDITOR—Kell and Kerin wrote about sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer and melanoma.1 This is a staging procedure with a well established role in breast cancer, reducing the need for dissection of the axillary node. The indications and advantages for sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma are not confirmed, and it is certainly not the established …

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