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Session Information

WRK W013 - Translating Evidence into Practice: Primary Cutaneous Melanoma Guidelines

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Date: Sunday, March 03

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Room B118/119

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Director: Allan C. Halpern, MD, FAAD


  • Christopher K. Bichakjian, MD, FAAD
  • James M. Grichnik, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout
  • Pascale Guitera, MD, PhD
  • Antoinette Foote Hood, MD, FAAD
  • Kishwer S. Nehal, MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Discuss the most recent AJCC melanoma staging system and its application to clinical practice with special attention to patient selection for sentinel node biopsy.
  • Apply the current evaluation and treatment guidelines for early stage melanoma to practice including biopsy technique, pathology evaluation, and surgical management of the primary tumor.

This session will provide an overview of current recommendations for evaluation and therapy of early stage (0-II) melanoma with specific attention to the recent AAD guidelines. Members of the guidelines panel will address biopsy techniques, pathology assessment, staging, and management of primary melanoma. Treatment of metastatic melanoma will not be covered in this session. We will also provide a comparison of international melanoma guidelines and practices.


Sunday, March 03
1:00 PMIntroduction / Dr. Halpern
1:10 PMPathology/Staging / Dr. Hood
1:25 PMWorkup/Follow-up / Dr. Halpern
1:40 PMBiopsy techniques and primary surgery / Dr. Nehal
1:55 PMSLNB / Dr. Bichakjian
2:10 PMAlternative therapies / Dr. Grichnik
2:25 PMContrast with Australian guidelines / Dr. Guitera
2:40 PMPanel Discussion / All faculty