NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Melanoma - page 33

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Melanoma
Version 1.2013
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Part 3: Melanoma staging
3.4 Tools
National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society
Melanoma Research Foundation
Skin Cancer Foundation
Review of Part 3
Cancer staging is a way to rate and describe the extent of cancer in the body.
Melanoma is grouped into stages to help plan treatment.
Cancer stages are based on the growth and spread of the first tumor.
Cancer staging is often done two times—before and after lymph node surgery.
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