Melanoma diagnosis and staging: A survival guide for GPs | RACGP | 25 min
Melanoma diagnosis and staging: A survival guide for GPs | Overview
One of the most important challenges we face as doctors managing cancer patients is to estimate the risk of metastasis and death occurring from their cancer. This is important because patients want to know what’s likely to happen to them and, for the clinicians, management decisions are based on risk. Initially, cancer patients rely on an accurate diagnosis being made and for pigmented skin lesions, an appropriate biopsy and pertinent history are key.
In this presentation, Prof Richard Scolyer discussed how melanoma staging stratifies patients into risk category groups and informs management decisions and clinical trial eligibility. He also touches upon the recently updated eighth edition of the AJCC staging system and its implications in patient counselling and management.
Prof Richard Scolyer - Pathologist, Melanoma Institute Australia | Conjoint Medical Director, Melanoma Institute Australia | Senior Staff Specialist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital | Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney
This activity has been RACGP Accredited for 1 Category 2 point.
Describe the key steps in melanoma diagnosis and staging.