How often does melanoma recur in patients after being NED (no evidence detected)? Is this more or less than other cancers?

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EvanLipsonMD (Physician - Oncology - Hematology/Oncology (Verified) ) - 02 / 29 / 2012

The answer to this question depends on many things, including the stage of disease. The more advanced the disease that was removed by surgery, the more likely it is to come back. There are several clinical trials in progress that are investigating ways to reduce the chance that melanoma will return once someone is declared N.E.D. It’s difficult to compare melanoma to other cancers in terms of likelihood of disease recurrence.
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