Surgery is the first option for treating melanoma regardless of stage at presentation. We surveyed a representative sample of hospitals to evaluate management and quality of surgical indications for melanoma in Italy. At analysis, hospitals were grouped into high- or low-volume centers, with the population median of 25 diagnoses serving as the cut-off. Surgery for primary melanoma was similar between hospital groups. More high-volume centers were organized to perform sentinel node biopsy (91 vs. 56%). There were no major differences between high- and low-volume centers concerning the surgical approach to stage III and IV disease.
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