John Libbey Eurotext

European Journal of Dermatology


The intriguing effect of delay time to sentinel lymph node biopsy on survival: a propensity score matching study on a cohort of melanoma patients Volume 27, issue 5, September-October 2017


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1 Servicio de Dermatología,
Instituto Dermatológico GlobalDerm,
Palma del Río (Córdoba), Spain
2 Unidad de Investigación,
Fundación Piel Sana AEDV,
Madrid, Spain
3 Servicio de Anatomía Patológica,
Instituto Valenciano de Oncología,
Valencia, Spain
4 Servicio de Dermatología,
Instituto Valenciano de Oncología,
Valencia, Spain
5 Servicio de Cirugía,
Instituto Valencia de Oncología,
Valencia, Spain
6 Servicio de Otorrinolaringología,
Instituto Valenciano de Oncología,
Valenciano, Spain
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  • Key words: melanoma, sentinel lymph node biopsy, prognosis, waiting list, survival, propensity score
  • DOI : 10.1684/ejd.2017.3065
  • Page(s) : 487-95
  • Published in: 2017

Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has demonstrated prognostic value in the treatment of melanoma and is a common procedure in this setting [1]. There is normally a delay between primary melanoma excision and performing SLNB that varies according to operation waiting lists, care protocols, availability of resources, and other factors. A recent multicentre study by our group found that a delay time of 40 days or less between excisional biopsy of the primary melanoma and SLNB was associated with worse [...]