AAD Releases New Guidelines for the Tx of Cutaneous Melanoma

Share this content:
AAD Releases New Guidelines for the Tx of Cutaneous Melanoma
AAD Releases New Guidelines for the Tx of Cutaneous Melanoma

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines have been released for the treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma, according to a report from the American Academy of Dermatology published online Nov. 1 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Susan M. Swetter, M.D., from Stanford University Medical Center in California, and colleagues reviewed the evidence and made treatment recommendations for patients with primary cutaneous melanoma.

The researchers note that surgical excision is still the primary treatment modality for melanoma, while Mohs surgery or other forms of staged excision may be considered for certain melanomas. In limited cases in which surgery is not possible, topical therapy (including imiquimod) or traditional radiation may be considered; electronic surface brachytherapy is not recommended for melanoma treatment. The role of sentinel lymph node biopsy as a staging technique should be discussed and offered for cutaneous melanoma at least 1 mm in thickness or for thinner melanomas with adverse features. Discussion and decision making should be conducted on an individual basis. Evidence is lacking that pregnancy increases the risk for developing melanoma or affects prognosis. Management of melanoma in pregnancy should be individualized. Patients with a family history of melanoma should receive education and genetic risk counseling.

"The guidelines development process included patient advocate and community dermatologist input, and the resulting document emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient dialogue in all aspects of melanoma management," Hensin Tsao, M.D., Ph.D., co-chair of the guidelines work group, said in a statement.

Several authors disclosed ties to the biopharmaceutical industry.

Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

FDA Approves First Customizable Insulin Pump

FDA Approves First Customizable Insulin Pump

Product works by delivering insulin under the skin at set or variable rates

Sepsis Common in Terminal Hospitalizations, Discharges

Sepsis Common in Terminal Hospitalizations, Discharges

Most common underlying causes of death in sepsis are solid and hematologic cancers, chronic heart disease

Fewer Older Men Assessed, Treated for Osteoporosis

Fewer Older Men Assessed, Treated for Osteoporosis

Fewer older men than women, even with higher risk, undergo DXA screening, 25(OH)D measurement

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »