melanoma
MELANOMA
Melanoma is a skin neoplasm that originates from malignant transformation of melanocytes.
It commonly occurs in the extremities of women and on trunk or head and neck in men.
Metastases are via lymphatic and hematogenous routes.

Radiotherapy

  • Palliative radiotherapy is especially helpful in alleviating symptoms particularly that of brain or bone metastases & of nerve compression
    • Shrinks tumor size, prevents development of additional tumors, & destroys any residual cancer cells following surgery
  • May be considered in primary disease desmoplastic melanoma w/ narrow margins or extensive neurotropism & in regional disease as adjuvant therapy in patients status post resection of clinically positive nodes & as palliative therapy for unresectable satellite, nodal or in-transit melanoma
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