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Melanoma AND surgery

Clément Drouet, Olivier Morel, Hatem Boulahdour
FDG PET/CT has high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of distant metastases from cutaneous melanoma. Imaging is recommended for patients with clinical suspicion of metastasis and should be considered for those with confirmed sentinel lymph node metastasis. Metastatic melanoma bears a poor prognosis. Only a complete resection improves survival, which explains the need to detect potentially unresectable disease, and most metastatic patients are ineligible for a curative surgical procedure. Here, FDG PET/CT demonstrated isolated bilateral adrenal metastases from melanoma of unknown primary...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
M M F Aubuchon, L J J Bolt, M L G Janssen-Heijnen, S T H P Verleisdonk-Bolhaar, A van Marion, C L H van Berlo
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma (MM) is the most aggressive type of skin cancer, accounting for 90% of all the skin cancer mortality. The objective of this study was providing an overview of current patient- and tumour characteristics, treatment strategies, complications and survival in patients with MM over the past ten years. Hereby, an up-to-date view of every day clinical practice is obtained. METHODS: Files of patients treated for primary cutaneous melanoma (n = 686) in the VieCuri Medical Centre in the Netherlands between January 2002 and December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed...
October 23, 2016: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
Neil M D'Souza, Penny Fang, Jennifer Logan, Jinzhong Yang, Wen Jiang, Jing Li
Malignancies of the central nervous system (CNS), particularly glioblastoma and brain metastases from a variety of disease sites, are difficult to treat despite advances in multimodality approaches consisting of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy (RT). Recent successes of immunotherapeutic strategies including immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) via anti-PD-1 and anti-CTLA-4 antibodies against aggressive cancers, such as melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, and renal cell carcinoma, have presented an exciting opportunity to translate these strategies for CNS malignancies...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Joachim Mikkelsen, Steen Henrik Matzen
INTRODUCTION: Cancer is a recognized risk factor of venous thromboembolism (VTE) as it induces a prothrombotic state through various mechanisms of activation of coagulation. Recognizing occult cancer as a risk factor is equally important. In patients with no known thromboembolic risk factors, utilizing PET/CT as a screening tool may be considered in order to reveal occult malignancy associated with otherwise unexplainable VTE. METHODS: This case report has been reported in line with the SCARE criteria...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
James W Behan, Adam Sutton, Ashley Wysong
Skin cancer is the most common of human cancers and outnumbers all other types of cancer combined in the USA by over threefold. The majority of non-melanoma skin cancers are easily treated with surgery or locally destructive techniques performed under local anesthesia in the cost-effective outpatient setting. However, there is a subset of "high-risk" cases that prove challenging in terms of morbidity, mortality, adjuvant treatment required, as well as overall cost to the health care system. In our opinion, the term "high risk" when applied to skin cancer can mean one of three things: a high-risk tumor with aggressive histologic and/or clinical features with an elevated risk for local recurrence or regional/distant metastasis, a high-risk patient with the ongoing development of multiple skin cancers, and a high-risk patient based on immunosuppression...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Mona Taleb, Lydia Choi, Steve Kim
BACKGROUND: After wide local excision of cutaneous melanoma, large defects not amenable to simple primary closure are often covered with skin grafts. We report our experience using the rhomboid and keystone flaps to immediately close large axial and extremity wounds after potentially curative surgery for non-head and neck melanomas. METHODS: Between January 2011 and September 2016, demographic, operative, pathologic, and outcome data were prospectively collected on 60 patients who underwent wide local excision of melanoma followed by immediate flap reconstruction...
October 19, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Ahmed E Othman, Thomas K Eigentler, Georg Bier, Christina Pfannenberg, Hans Bösmüller, Christian Thiel, Claus Garbe, Konstantin Nikolaou, Bernhard Klumpp
OBJECTIVE: To assess the appearance of gastrointestinal melanoma metastases on CT and PET/CT and evaluate the diagnostic value of CT and PET/CT compared with surgery and histopathology. METHODS: We retrospectively included 41 consecutive patients (aged 56.1 ± 13.5 years) with gastrointestinal melanoma metastases who underwent preoperative imaging (CT: all, PET/CT: n = 24) and metastasectomy. Two blinded radiologists assessed CT and PET/CT for gastrointestinal metastases and complications...
October 17, 2016: European Radiology
Gaber Plavc, Jasna But-Hadžić, Aleksandar Aničin, Boštjan Lanišnik, Vojislav Didanović, Primož Strojan
OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence and to review experience with the treatment of mucosal melanoma of the head and neck (MMHN) in Slovenia between 1985 and 2013. METHODS: The National Cancer Registry database and clinical records with outcome data of identified patients treated during the period 1985-2013 in Slovenia were reviewed. RESULTS: In a 29-year period, 61 patients with MMHN were identified, representing 0.5 % of all head and neck malignant tumors and 42 % of all mucosal melanomas in Slovenia...
October 14, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Wei Ge, Song-Song Jiang, Wang Qi, Hao Chen, Li-Ming Zheng, Gang Chen
GOAL: To share our experience of extra-levator abdominoperineal excision (ELAPE) for low rectal cancer, focusing on perineal repair with biological mesh. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed medical records of all patients with low rectal cancer who underwent the ELAPE procedure using biological mesh for perineal repair at the Gastrointestinal Surgery of Nanjing Drum Power Hospital between January 2013 and September 2015. All patients were closely followed up to now...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Donghyun Lee, Changho Lee, Sehui Kim, Qifa Zhou, Jeehyun Kim, Chulhong Kim
Since its first implementation in otolaryngological surgery nearly a century ago, the surgical microscope has improved the accuracy and the safety of microsurgeries. However, the microscope shows only a magnified surface view of the surgical region. To overcome this limitation, either optical coherence tomography (OCT) or photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) has been independently combined with conventional surgical microscope. Herein, we present a near-infrared virtual intraoperative photoacoustic optical coherence tomography (NIR-VISPAOCT) system that combines both PAM and OCT with a conventional surgical microscope...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
J R Marsden, R Fox, N M Boota, M Cook, K Wheatley, L Billingham, N Steven
BACKGROUND: Topical imiquimod is sometimes used for lentigo maligna (LM) in-situ melanoma instead of surgery, but frequency of cure is uncertain. Pathological complete regression (pCR) is a logical surrogate marker for cure after imiquimod, although residual LM and atypical melanocytic hyperplasia may not be reliably distinguished. A trial comparing imiquimod versus surgery might be justified by a high imiquimod pCR rate. OBJECTIVES: Primary: to estimate pCR rate for LM following imiquimod...
October 6, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
S Schmitzer, C Butea-Simionescu, A Gheorghe, M Zemba, M Cioboata
Iris and ciliary body melanoma is an aggressive tumor, which, unfortunately, presents symptoms only in advanced stages and is often discovered accidentally during a routine eye examination. There are several treatment options, ranging from in time monitorization in order to observe the tumor's evolution to more aggressive methods such as radiotherapy and enucleation. We present a case of iridociliary melanoma, who underwent conservative surgery, iridocyclectomy under scleral flap, with good results, and maintenance of the function and integrity of the eyeball...
January 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
Lina Garcia, Luis Tresierra, Marjorie Garcerant, Hipolito Duran, Benedetto Ielpo, Eduardo Diaz, Isabel Fabra, Riccardo Caruso, Luis Malavé, Susana Prados, Susana Tabernero, Yolanda Quijano, Emilio Vicente
The radio guided occult lesion localization (ROLL) technique has been in use since the mid-90's, mainly in breast surgery. It is nowadays used for many oncological pathologies such as parathyroid lesions, melanoma, and colorectal tumors. We present the case of a patient with an 11 mm left meso rectal solitary recurrence of a primary ovarian cancer in whom the ROLL technique was used to identify the implant. The radio isotope was introduced with a 22g needle with Endoscopic ultrasound technique using an Echo lineal endoscope...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Gian Piero Guerrini, Felice Lo Faso, Alessio Vagliasindi, Rosalba Lembo, Luciano Solaini, Paolo Soliani, Mario Taviani, Calogero Porrello
INTRODUCTION: The ideal surgical approach for pulmonary metastasectomy remains controversial. Thoracoscopic surgery may offer advantages in quality of life outcomes, with equivalent oncologic long-term results. This study aimed to demonstrate the validity of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in the treatment of lung metastases. METHODS: In all 224 patients who underwent 300 VATS metastasectomies from January 2000 to December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Claudio E Tatsui, Telmo A B Belsuzarri, Marilou Oro, Laurence D Rhines, Jing Li, Amol J Ghia, Behrang Amini, Heron Espinoza, Paul D Brown, Ganesh Rao
OBJECTIVE An emerging paradigm for treating patients with epidural spinal cord compression (ESCC) caused by metastatic tumors is surgical decompression and stabilization, followed by stereotactic radiosurgery. In the setting of rapid progressive disease, interruption or delay in return to systemic treatment can lead to a negative impact in overall survival. To overcome this limitation, the authors introduce the use of spinal laser interstitial thermotherapy (sLITT) in association with percutaneous spinal stabilization to facilitate a rapid return to oncological treatment...
October 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
C M Madronio, B K Armstrong, C G Watts, C Goumas, R L Morton, A Curtin, S W Menzies, G J Mann, J F Thompson, A E Cust
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend that health professionals identify and manage individuals at high risk of developing melanoma, but there is limited population-based evidence demonstrating real-world practices. OBJECTIVE: A population-based, observational study was conducted in the state of New South Wales, Australia to determine doctors' knowledge of melanoma patients' risk and to identify factors associated with better identification and clinical management. METHODS: Data were analysed for 1889 patients with invasive, localised melanoma in the Melanoma Patterns of Care study...
September 27, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology
Kemal Ekici, Oztun Temelli, Mustafa Dikilitas, Ibrahim Halil Dursun, Nihal Bozdag Kaplan, Ersoy Kekilli
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical status, prognostic factors and treatment modalities affecting survival in patients with brain metastasis. We aimed to evaluate the whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) outcomes of patients with brain metastasis in our center. METHODS: Clinical data of 315 patients referred to our center between 2004 and 2014 with metastatic brain cancers were collected and analysed for possible relationships between survival time, age, gender, Karnofsky performance status (KPS), recursive partitioning analysis (RPA), primary tumor, number of brain lesions, surgery, radiation therapy scheme, extracranial metastatic status and primary disease control status...
July 2016: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
U Leiter, R Gutzmer, M Alter, C Ulrich, A S Lonsdorf, M M Sachse, U Hillen
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin accounts for 20 % of non-melanoma skin cancer and is one of the most frequent types of cancer in Caucasian populations. Diagnosis is based on the clinical features and should be histopathologically confirmed to adequately address the prognosis and treatment. Complete surgical excision with histopathological control of excision margins is the gold standard in the treatment of primary SCC. Sentinel lymph node biopsies (SLNB) can be considered in SCC with a tumor thickness of >6 mm but there is currently no evidence concerning prognostic and therapeutic effects...
September 28, 2016: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
Kalpana Deepak Bhatt, Swagata Arvind Tambe, Hemangi Rajiv Jerajani, Rachita S Dhurat
Various benign and malignant tumors may arise from the skin. These may be of epidermal, dermal, subcutaneous or appendageal origin. Skin biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosis of skin tumors. There is paucity of published data on the role of imaging modalities in diagnosis of skin tumors. High-frequency ultrasonography (7-50 MHz) is a potential non-invasive, objective modality which can be utilized in the diagnosis and localization of skin tumors. It provides valuable information about the tumor characteristics such as size, shape, depth, consistency and vascularity before invasive skin biopsy or surgery is planned...
September 26, 2016: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Charlotte M C Oude Ophuis, Alexander C J van Akkooi, Piotr Rutkowski, Christiane A Voit, Joanna Stepniak, Nicole S Erler, Alexander M M Eggermont, Michel W J M Wouters, Dirk J Grünhagen, Cornelis Kees Verhoef
BACKGROUND: Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) is essential for adequate melanoma staging. Most melanoma guidelines advocate to perform wide local excision and SNB as soon as possible, causing time pressure. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of time interval between melanoma diagnosis and SNB on sentinel node (SN) positivity and survival. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study concerning a cohort of melanoma patients from four European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Melanoma Group tertiary referral centres from 1997 to 2013...
November 2016: European Journal of Cancer
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