November 1986

The Role of Modified Neck Dissection in the Treatment of Cutaneous Melanoma of the Head and Neck

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas System Cancer Center, M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston.

Arch Surg. 1986;121(11):1338-1341. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400110130022

• One hundred eighty-one patients were treated with a modified neck dissection for suspected or proved metastatic melanoma during a ten-year period. The overall failure rate in the neck was 16%. Eighty-three percent of the patients with neck recurrence died of disseminated disease. A modified neck dissection that preserves important functional and cosmetic structures but does not compromise cancer control seemed to be appropriate treatment for actual or suspected melanoma metastatic to cervical nodes.

(Arch Surg 1986;121:1338-1341)