This issue of Clinics in Plastic Surgery, Guest Edited by Drs. Brian R. Gastman and Michael W. Neumeister, is dedicated to Melanoma. This issue is one of four selected each year. Articles in this issue include, but are not limited to: Melanoma risk factors and prevention, Biology and signaling pathways of melanoma, Immunobiology of melanoma, Clinical diagnosis and classification, Histopathologic and molecular diagnosis of melanoma, AJCC staging and other platforms to assess prognosis and risk, Current treatment guidelines of primary melanoma including wide excision and use of sentinel node biopsy, Dermatologic follow-up and assessment of suspicious lesions, Immunotherapy of melanoma, Targeted therapies for melanoma, Non-operative intra-tumoral therapies, Role of radiation for locoregional and distant metastatic melanoma, Adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapy for melanoma, Surgery of the nodal basins for trunk and extremity melanoma, Extirpative considerations of melanoma of the head and neck, Treatment of lentigo melanoma of the head and neck, Reconstructive considerations of melanoma of the head and neck, Melanoma of the hands and feet, Rare variants of melanoma, and Emerging therapies for melanoma.
Edited by Brian R. Gastman, MD, Associate Professor/Staff
Department of Plastic Surgery
Cleveland, OH, USA and Michael W. Neumeister, MD, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine