[Comment] A new era of risk prediction for patients with high-risk melanoma

March, 03, 2024 | Select Oncology Journal Articles

In The Lancet Oncology, Robert C Stassen and colleagues1 report the development of a new model to predict recurrence-free survival and melanoma-specific survival in people with stage II or III melanoma. Since the introduction in 2018 of adjuvant systemic therapies for use after surgical resection of high-risk melanoma, there has been growing awareness of the need for individualised assessment of the risk of recurrence to guide treatment decisions. According to the 8th edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer’s (AJCC) Cancer Staging Manual, on which current treatment recommendations are based, the distinction between stage II and III disease is based on lymph node status and the presence of satellite or in-transit metastases, rather than the risk, per se, of melanoma recurrence or death.

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