PMID: 10348291May 29, 1999Paper

Palliative radiotherapy for recurrent and metastatic malignant melanoma: prognostic factors for tumor response and long-term outcome: a 20-year experience

International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
M H SeegenschmiedtR Sauer

Abstract

Radiotherapy is used as a "last resort" for patients with advanced cutaneous malignant melanoma. We have analyzed our 20-year clinical experience with respect to different endpoints and prognostic factors in patients with locally advanced, recurrent, or metastatic malignant melanoma. From 1977 to 1995, 2,917 consecutive patients were entered in the melanoma registry of our hospital. Radiotherapy was indicated in 121 patients (56 females, 65 males) for palliative reasons in advanced malignant melanoma stages UICC IIB/III/IV. The histology of the primary lesion was nodular in 51 patients, superficial spreading in 35, acral-lentiginous in 8, and lentigo maligna melanoma in 4 patients. Eleven patients had primary or recurrent lesions which were either not eligible for surgery or had residual disease (R2) after resection of a primary or recurrent lesion (UICC IIB); 57 patients had lymph node (n = 33) or in-transit metastases (n = 24) (UICC III), and 53 had distant organ metastases (7 M1a; 46 M1b) (UICC IV). Time from first diagnosis to on-study radiotherapy averaged 19 (median: 18; range: 3-186) months. In most cases, conventional RT was applied with 2-6 Gy single fractions up to a median total radiation dose of 48 (mean: 45; range:...Continue Reading

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