Grant W. Carlson, MD, FACS | Authors

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in a Young Child With Thick Cutaneous Melanoma

July 01, 2003

The presence or absence oflymph node metastases is themost significant prognostic factorfor survival and recurrence in malignantmelanoma. Lymph node diseasedecreases the 5-year survival by 40%to 50%. The number of metastatic nodesand whether nodal metastases are clinicallyoccult or apparent are independentpredictors of survival.[1]