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Head/neck melanoma

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Sentinel lymph node mapping - a technique that indicates whether cancer cells have spread to proximal lymph nodes and pose a danger of further metastasis - reliably stages nodal basins in head and neck cutaneous melanomas, while maintaining an acceptable level of safety in the complex neck and parotid regions, University of Michigan research team reports in the January Archives of Otolaryngology. The mapping process uses preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and a combination of intraoperative gamma probe and blue dye...
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