Lynn Schuchter, MD | Authors

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.