Melanoma metastases through the lymphatic system

Surg Clin North Am. 2000 Dec;80(6):1683-93. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6109(05)70255-3.


Pathologists can expect to receive sentinel nodes from patients with cancers other than melanoma, such as breast, vulvar, thyroid, and colon cancers. Many of the recommendations in this article can be extrapolated to cancers other than melanoma, but there are some peculiarities that relate to each type of tumor. The pathologist should carefully review the published literature before attempting to evaluate sentinel nodes from patients with an unfamiliar form of cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Histological Techniques
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Metastasis / pathology*
  • Melanoma / mortality
  • Melanoma / pathology*
  • Melanoma / surgery
  • Prognosis
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy / methods*
  • Skin Neoplasms / mortality
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery
  • Specimen Handling
  • Survival Analysis