Journal article

Diagnosis and management of cutaneous melanoma

Victoria J Mar, H Peter Soyer, Alison Button-Sloan, Paul Fishburn, David E Gyorki, Margaret Hardy, Michael Henderson, John F Thompson

AfP | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In the field of melanoma, clinical trials evaluating the impact of sentinel node biopsy, completion lymph node dissection and adjuvant medical therapies on patient outcomes have provided evidence that has changed practice significantly over the past five years. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to discuss key evidence that has informed new Cancer Council Australia melanoma management guidelines. DISCUSSION: General practitioners play a critical role in melanoma diagnosis and follow-up. Complete excisional biopsy to achieve accurate tumour microstaging is essential for obtaining reliable prognostic information, planning further management and accessing adjuvant medical therapi..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund Next Generation Clinical Researchers Program Practitioner Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

VJM is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship (1160757). HPS holds an NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund Next Generation Clinical Researchers Program Practitioner Fellowship (APP1137127).