Adjuvant radiotherapy and outcomes of presumed hemorrhagic melanoma brain metastases without malignant cells

Yuanxuan Xia, Leila A. Mashouf, Russell Maxwell, Luke C. Peng, Evan J. Lipson, William H. Sharfman, Chetan Bettegowda, Kristin J. Redmond, Lawrence R. Kleinberg, Michael Lim

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Abstract

Background: Patients with melanoma can present with a hemorrhagic intracranial lesion. Upon resection, pathology reports may not detect any malignant cells. However, the hemorrhage may obscure their presence and so physicians may still decide whether adjuvant radiotherapy should be applied. Here, we report on the outcomes of a series of patients with melanoma with hemorrhagic brain lesions that returned with no tumor cells. Methods: All melanoma patients who had craniotomies from 2008 to 2017 at a single institution for hemorrhagic brain lesions were identified through retrospective chart review. Those who had pathology reports with no malignant cells were analyzed. Recurrence at the former site of hemorrhage and resection was the primary outcome. Results: Ten patients met inclusion criteria, and the median follow-up time was 8.5 (1.8-27.3) months. At the time of craniotomy, the median number of brain lesions was 3 (1-25). Two patients had prior craniotomies, eight had prior radiation, and six had prior immunotherapy to the lesion of interest. After surgery, one patient received stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to the resection bed. Only one patient developed subsequent melanoma at the resection site; this patient developed the lesion recurrence once and had not received postoperative SRS. Conclusion: Although small foci of metastatic disease as a source of bleeding for some patients cannot be excluded, melanoma patients with a suspected hemorrhagic brain metastasis that shows no tumor cells on pathology may benefit from close observation. The local recurrence risk in such cases appears to be low, even without adjuvant radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number146
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Brain metastasis
  • Hemorrhage
  • Melanoma
  • Negative pathology
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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