Laparoscopic surgery for melanoma metastases to the adrenal gland

Cord Sturgeon, Stanley P L Leong, Quan Yang Duh*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The probability of developing cutaneous melanoma is now predicted to be one in 55 for males and one in 88 for females. Although melanoma is relatively uncommon compared with other malignancies such as breast (one in seven) or prostate cancer (one in six), the incidence is growing at an alarming rate. The development of novel strategies for the management of advanced disease will become even more urgent and require continued and controlled investigations over the next 10 years. Surgery is effective for the palliation of isolated resectable metastases. However, most patients with Stage IV melanoma have widespread disease and are not cured by metastasectomy. For the few individuals with isolated adrenal metastases from melanoma, complete resection appears to confer a survival advantage. New data are emerging about the efficacy and outcome of laparoscopic adrenalectomy for malignant lesions. However, the natural history of laparoscopic surgery for these lesions is still unknown. The indications for and limitations of laparoscopic adrenalectomy for metastatic melanoma are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-841
Number of pages5
JournalExpert review of anticancer therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2004


  • Adrenal metastasis
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Melanoma
  • Minimally invasive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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