Melanoma is considered one of the most lethal cancers and surgical therapy of its pulmonary metastases is rarely indicated. The only hope for a successful surgical treatment of secondaries from melanoma is a radical resection. Considering the very frequent multiorgan involvement of melanoma metastases, surgery is usually possible in less than 5\% of cases. Nevertheless, in selected cases without lymph nodal involvement a 5-year survival rate of 31\% has been reported. In any way, it must be remembered that about 10\% of lung tumours thought to be metastases are primary cancers. In this occurrence surgery could be a rescuing solution. So, a pulmonary resection is always imperative when some diagnostic doubt exists.

[The surgery of lung metastases of melanoma]. / G. Morone;F. Meriggi;E. Forni. - In: ANNALI ITALIANI DI CHIRURGIA. - ISSN 0003-469X. - STAMPA. - 69(1998), pp. 461-464.

[The surgery of lung metastases of melanoma].

MERIGGI, FRANCESCO;
1998

Abstract

Melanoma is considered one of the most lethal cancers and surgical therapy of its pulmonary metastases is rarely indicated. The only hope for a successful surgical treatment of secondaries from melanoma is a radical resection. Considering the very frequent multiorgan involvement of melanoma metastases, surgery is usually possible in less than 5\% of cases. Nevertheless, in selected cases without lymph nodal involvement a 5-year survival rate of 31\% has been reported. In any way, it must be remembered that about 10\% of lung tumours thought to be metastases are primary cancers. In this occurrence surgery could be a rescuing solution. So, a pulmonary resection is always imperative when some diagnostic doubt exists.
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