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Clinical and molecular characteristics and metastatic pathways of patients with primary cutaneous melanoma

posted on 13.07.2018, 01:47 authored by NIKKI RAE ADLER
This thesis examines the sequence of events from melanoma diagnosis to disease progression. Different diagnostic aids to facilitate early detection are evaluated. Characteristics and prognosis of melanomas that arise as new lesions compared to those that arise within a pre-existing mole are investigated. Patient, pathological and mutational factors related to the pathways of disease spread are explored. Patients with tumours harbouring certain mutations were associated with particular sites of spread. A role for heightened surveillance may be warranted in these patients. The characteristics and mutational profile of patients with multiple melanomas and of patients with clinically atypical melanomas are investigated.


Principal supervisor

Victoria Mar

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Department, School or Centre

Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

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Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences