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Pathology of Sentinel Lymph Nodes for Melanoma

Cook, M G and Di Palma, S (2008) Pathology of Sentinel Lymph Nodes for Melanoma Journal of Clinical Pathology, 61. pp. 897-902. ISSN 0021-9746

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As a concept sentinel lymph node biopsy seems attractive in that it attempts to identify the first lymph node, rather than the nearest node, draining a particular anatomic area where a tumour has arisen. Pathological assessment can then indicate whether metastases are present and the procedure is either a strong prognostic indicator or possibly therapeutic in itself. These comments apply to any tumour type, but with melanoma the pathological procedure is more problematic and any benefits above prognosis and staging are not universally accepted. The procedure does give accurate staging without the extra morbidity of regional node dissection and many patients gain psychological support from the information gained.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright 2008 BMJ Publishing Group
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Divisions: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > Clinical Medicine
Depositing User: Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 14:46
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:40

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