Melanoma Care Options™ Issue 3: Treatment of Melanoma in Special Circumstances
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Continuing Medical Education Information
Instructions for Participation:
To receive a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (or 1.5 CNE credits) for this activity:
To receive up to 1.5 CNE credits for this activity:
This activity is directed toward dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons, surgical and medical oncologists, general surgeons, oncology nurses, primary care physicians, and other health care professionals who treat or screen for melanoma.
Statement of Need
Many cases of melanoma fall outside the mainstream situations covered by evidence-based guidelines. The appropriate management of these cases requires a careful evaluation of available literature and an understanding of special circumstances that may influence diagnosis, staging, lymph node biopsy, and surgical and nonsurgical therapeutic options. This publication presents 4 cases of melanoma in special circumstances (melanoma during pregnancy, in-transit melanoma, melanoma with an unknown primary, and head and neck melanoma) and addresses controversies in the staging and treatment of these cases. A review of relevant literature, with a focus on recent publications, and faculty recommendations are provided to help guide practitioners in choosing the optimal management strategies for melanoma patients with special circumstances.
After completing this activity, the participants will be able to:
Continuing Education Credit
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of his/her participation in the activity.
1.5 contact hours of Continuing Nursing Education will be granted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.
We gratefully acknowledge an educational grant from Schering-Plough Corporation in support of this activity.
Contributing Authors and Disclosures
Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD
Lawrence E. Flaherty, MD
Mohammed Kashani-Sabet, MD
David W. Ollila, MD
Merrick I. Ross, MD, FACS
Ashfaq A. Marghoob, MD, FAAD
Douglas S. Reintgen, MD
Thomas E. Olencki, DO
Michael Bihari, MD
Date of Original Release: December 15, 2007