Cure Research for Melanoma


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Research list: The list of research areas and treatments under analysis mentioned in various sources for Melanoma includes:

Research discussion: A new procedure under study, called sentinel lymph node biopsy, may eventually reduce the number of lymph nodes that need to be removed for biopsy and possibly prevent or lessen the severity of lymphedema (build up of excess lymph in tissue that causes swelling). In this procedure, either a blue dye or a small amount of radioactive material is injected near the area where the tumor was. This material flows into the sentinel lymph node(s) (the first lymph node(s) that the cancer is likely to spread to from the primary tumor). A surgeon then looks for the dye or uses a scanner to find the sentinel lymph node(s) and removes it for examination by a pathologist. If the sentinel lymph node(s) is positive for cancer cells, then the rest of the surrounding lymph nodes are usually removed; if it is negative, the remaining lymph nodes may not need to be removed.1

Medical research for Melanoma: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to medical research for Melanoma:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Melanoma: NCI

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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