Resection margin for patients with cutaneous melanoma

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  • 1. Editoriale http://www.senology.org/Edit_GillgrenP.htm Resection margin for patients with cutaneous melanoma Clinicians today can be safer when they decide to treat patients with thick melanomas (>2mm) with a 2-cm excisional margin. In a randomised controlled multicentre trial from Karolinska Institute, 936 patients were allocated to either a 2-cm (465) or a 4-cm (471) margin. There were no differences in overall survival nor in recurrence free survival. Patients were followed 6,7 years. Bibliographic Reference: Gillgren P et al.: "2-cm versus 4-cm surgical excision margins for primary cutaneous melanoma thicker than 2 mm: a randomised, multicentre trial", Lancet. 2011 Nov 5;378(9803):1635-42 Peter Gillgren Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden1 di 1 07/02/2012 09:19