Primary anorectal melanoma: An update

P. Carcoforo, M. T. Raiji, G. M. Palini, M. Pedriali, U. Maestroni, G. Soliani, A. Detroia, M. V. Zanzi, A. L. Manna, J. G. Crompton, R. C. Langan, A. Stojadinovic, I. Avital

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The anorectum is a rare anatomic location for primary melanoma. Mucosal melanoma is a distinct biological and clinical entity from the more common cutaneous melanoma. It portrays worse prognosis than cutaneous melanoma, with distant metastases being the overwhelming cause of morbidity and mortality. Surgery is the treatment of choice, but significant contro-versy exists over the extent of surgical resection. We present an update on the state of the art of anorectal mucosal melanoma. To illustrate the multimodality approach to anorectal melanoma, we present a typical patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-453
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cancer
Issue number1
StatePublished - 10 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Anorectal mucosal melanoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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