Radiation Therapy as Primary and Adjuvant Treatment for Local and Regional Melanoma

Lawrence B. Berk, MD, PhD


Cancer Control. 2008;15(3):233-238. 

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Radiation therapy can be used for primary control of melanoma, particularly smaller lesions, and lesions not amenable to surgery. A larger fraction size, at least 2.5 Gy, may increase the probability of response. Nodal irradiation also appears to increase the regional control among patients with node-positive disease. Current recommendations for nodal irradiation include the presence of a node larger than 3 cm, more than 3 positive nodes in the dissection, and extracapsular extension. Standard fractionation and total doses appear to be sufficient. A large randomized trial from TROG will provide definitive information on the role of adjuvant nodal irradiation.

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