When Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was newly diagnosed with melanoma in January, her surgical oncologist acknowledged the delicate and difficult nature of having cancer and being the public face of the Emerald City.
A new study coauthored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Director of Surgery, Dr. David Byrd, shows strong evidence that removing key sentinel lymph nodes leads to the same long-term survival for most patients diagnosed with early stage melanoma as fully removing additional lymph nodes. Removing only sentinel lymph nodes provides better outcomes and less post-treatment complications.
On May 12, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance hosted the Northwest Melanoma Symposium with the Melanoma Research Foundation providing a full day of melanoma education for melanoma patients and the people who support them. It's something we do every year.