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Table 1 Patients, tumors and lymph nodes characteristic according to treatments (surgery alone vs surgery followed by radiation therapy).

From: Adjuvant radiation therapy in metastatic lymph nodes from melanoma

Characteristic Surgery Surgery + radiotherapy
No of patients 26 (group 1) 60
   Dose <50 Gy = 30
(group 2)
Dose >50 Gy = 30
(group 3)
Age (y)* 55 (27-87) 52 (18-87)
Sex (F/M) 9/16 20/41
Interval ME-NM (y)* 1(0-14) 1(0-12)
Metastatic LN site (No of patients)   
Cervical 4 17
Axillary 4 22
Inguinal 18 21
Primary tumor   
Unknown 0 1
Breslow Index* 2.475 (0.38-33) 2.5 (0.15-33)
Clark Level* 4 (4-3) 4 (1-5)
Ulceration 3 9
Lymph node dissection   
Number of resected LN* 11 (1-35) 11 (1-36)
Number of positive LN* 1 (1-9) 2 (2-28)
ECE* 1(0-3) 1 (0-11)
Number of patients with LN size >3 cm 13 23
  1. * Median
  2. Abbreviations: ME = Melanoma excision; NM = Node metastases; ECE = extracapsular extension; LN = lymph nodes