What is the role of a surgical oncologist in the treatment of cutaneous melanoma?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Susan M Swetter, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Surgical oncologist, as follows:

  • For sentinel node biopsy, typically performed at the time of wide local excision and following preoperative lymphoscintigraphy

  • For surgical treatment of regional lymph node disease and soft tissue and/or in-transit recurrence (stage III disease)

  • For palliative surgical treatment of visceral and CNS metastasis


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