Keith Flaherty, MD | Authors

Cancer Management Chapter 20: Melanoma and other skin cancers

March 09, 2010

Skin cancer is the single most common form of cancer, accounting for more than 75% of all cancer diagnoses. More than 1 million cases of squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas are diagnosed annually, with a lifetime risk of more than one in five. The vast majority of skin cancers can be cured with surgery alone. Resection is the mainstay of therapy, even for skin cancer involving regional lymph nodes or, in some cases, more distant metastatic sites.

Update on Adjuvant Interferon Therapy for High-Risk Melanoma

September 01, 2002

Two of the most important predictors of relapse (and, therefore, survival) in patients with melanoma are the Breslow thickness of the primary melanoma and regional lymph node involvement. Patients with melanomas greater than 4 mm in thickness have approximately a 50% risk of recurrence, and those with lymph node involvement have a 50% to 85% risk of recurrence depending on the number of lymph nodes involved. Thus, a group of patients can be identified who are at high risk of death from melanoma and are, therefore, appropriate candidates for postsurgical adjuvant therapy.