A research manuscript by Sommer Nurkic, MD, MPH, Third Year Physician Resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology, was recently voted as the “2017 Research Article of the Year” by the Applied Radiation Oncology advisory board. The decision was based on the article’s overall idea, execution of work, and presentation.
The manuscript, entitled, “Is adjuvant radiation therapy an alternative to regional node dissection in select patients with lymph node-positive melanoma?” was written under the direction of Professor William Mendenhall, MD, FACR, and in collaboration with Christiana Shaw, MD, MS. The article reviewed the medical records of seven patients with biopsy-proven lymph node-positive melanoma treated with radiation therapy (RT) between 2007 and 2015 to assess treatment outcomes and toxicity.
The article concludes that adjuvant RT for subclinical regional disease in lymph node-positive melanoma may result in durable regional control without the potential added morbidity of a completion lymph node dissection (CLND). In fact, the risk of complications appeared likely lower than after a CLND and postoperative RT.
Read the full research manuscript here.