Management of in-transit melanoma metastases: a review.

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Summary of "Management of in-transit melanoma metastases: a review."

In-transit metastases (ITM) of cutaneous melanoma are locoregional recurrences confined to the superficial lymphatics that occur in 3.4-6.2% of patients diagnosed with melanoma. ITM are a heterogeneous disease that poses a therapeutic dilemma. Patients may have a prolonged disease trajectory involving multiple or repeat treatment modalities for frequent recurrences. The management of ITM has evolved without the development of a standardized protocol. Owing to the variability of the disease course there are few dedicated clinical trials, with a number of key trials in stage III melanoma excluding ITM patients. Thus, there is a paucity of quality data on the efficacy of the treatment modalities available for ITM and even fewer studies directly comparing modalities. At present the mainstay of ITM treatment is surgical resection, with intralesional therapies, isolated limb infusion and radiotherapy utilized as second-line measures. The developing role of targeted therapies and immunotherapy has yet to be explored completely in these patients. This review addresses the evidence base of the efficacy of the various treatment modalities available and those factors that have impacted their clinical uptake.


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Name: ANZ journal of surgery
ISSN: 1445-2197


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