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Sentinel-Node Biopsy or Nodal Observation in Melanoma
Donald L. Morton, M.D., John F. Thompson, M.D., Alistair J. Cochran, M.D., Nicola Mozzillo, M.D., Robert Elashoff, Ph.D., Richard Essner, M.D., Omgo E. Nieweg, M.D., Ph.D., Daniel F. Roses, M.D., Harald J. Hoekstra, M.D., Ph.D., Constantine P. Karakousis,
N Engl J Med 2006; 355:1307-1317
The staging of intermediate-thickness (1.2 to 3.5 mm) primary melanomas according to the results of sentinel-node biopsy provides important prognostic information and identifies patients with nodal metastases whose survival can be prolonged by immediate lymphadenectomy.