Therapeutic and prognostic considerations of head and neck melanoma.


Journal Article

Therapeutic considerations are discussed based on recurrence and survival statistics of 900 patients treated at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC). Approximately one-third of all patients developed recurrence. Factors affecting recurrence include tumor thickness, presence of positive regional nodes at diagnosis, and advanced Clark level. Patients with more than one adverse index had even higher rates of recurrence than with one alone. The 5-year survival of all patients after recurrence was 32%. Therapeutic decisions should include considerations that relate to patients' recurrence patterns and survival curves.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fisher, SR; Seigler, HF; George, SL

Published Date

  • January 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 78 - 80

PubMed ID

  • 1642413

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1642413

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-7043


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States