Microscopic satellitosis in patients with primary cutaneous melanoma: Implications for nodal basin staging
Pathological lymph node metastases were more prevalent (68%) than in any group previously defined. Regional nodal status predicted recurrence but not nodal recurrence. In SLN-positive patients, CLND did not improve DFS, DSS, or OS, although the number of patients was small. Further studies are needed to determine the utility of regional nodal staging/therapy in these high-risk patients.