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Where Are Adolescents with Cutaneous Melanoma Treated? An Italian Nationwide Study on Referrals Based on Hospital Discharge Records
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  • Andrea Ferrari,
  • Alice Bernasconi,
  • Giovanna Sironi,
  • Laura Botta,
  • Stefano Chiaravalli,
  • Michela Casanova,
  • Luca Bergamaschi,
  • Patrizia Gasparini,
  • Claudio Spinelli,
  • Annalisa Trama
Andrea Ferrari
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Alice Bernasconi
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Giovanna Sironi
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Laura Botta
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Stefano Chiaravalli
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Michela Casanova
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Luca Bergamaschi
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Patrizia Gasparini
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Claudio Spinelli
University of Pisa
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Annalisa Trama
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori
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Abstract

We analyzed the nationwide hospital discharge records of adolescent inpatients in Italy to map where adolescents with melanoma are treated and identify expert centers. We identified 137 hospitals pointing out a dispersion of these patients that must be addressed to ensure to all adolescents with melanoma adequate treatment and enrolment in clinical studies.