In the United States, approximately half of patients with a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy undergo a completion lymphadenectomy. Because of the equivocal survival benefits in pursuing a completion lymphadenectomy in these patients, surgeons must weigh the postoperative morbidity of the operation with concerns facing a patient's quality of life and risk of tumor recurrence. We discuss the value of a completion lymphadenectomy in light of the uncertainties facing this management strategy for melanoma. J. Surg. Oncol. 2016;114:281–287.
- sentinel lymph node
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