Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 752–757 | Cite as

Intensity of Follow-Up After Melanoma Surgery

Melanomas

Abstract

This contemporary review of melanoma surveillance strategies seeks to help practitioners examine and improve their surveillance protocols based on the currently available data. In general, there is no definitive benefit from increased screening or more aggressive use of interval imaging. Low-intensity surveillance strategies do not appear to adversely affect patient outcomes and should be the preferred approach compared with high-intensity strategies for most melanoma patients. All surveillance programs should emphasize education in order to maximize the effectiveness of patient-based detection of recurrent disease.

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Disclosure

The authors of this work have no conflicts of interest pertaining to this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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