Identification of Distant Metastases

FDG-PET can be used in patients with recently diagnosed melanoma and those who have clinical, laboratory, or radio-logic evidence of distant metastases, in patients with previously resected melanoma with findings suspicious for recurrent disease in the form of distant metastases, and, finally, in patients with previously treated distant metastases requiring restaging to plan future surgical or medical management.

Gritters et al.368 studied 12 patients with various stages of melanoma (thick primaries, palpable lymph nodes, or presumed metastases on CT), and they found intraabdominal visceral and lymph node metastases that were not seen on CT. Steinert et al.369 found a 92% sensitivity for FDG-PET in 33 patients with known metastatic melanoma or high-risk primaries (greater than 1.5 mm).

How To Prevent Skin Cancer

How To Prevent Skin Cancer

Complete Guide to Preventing Skin Cancer. We all know enough to fear the name, just as we do the words tumor and malignant. But apart from that, most of us know very little at all about cancer, especially skin cancer in itself. If I were to ask you to tell me about skin cancer right now, what would you say? Apart from the fact that its a cancer on the skin, that is.

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