The following institutions and cancer cooperative groups generously contributed individual patient data to the 2008 American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Melanoma Database, and the stage III melanoma data included in this study were contributed by the nine institutions and groups with * indicated. Sydney Melanoma Unit,* Sydney, Australia, (John F. Thompson, MD); Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan Italy, (Natale Cascinelli, MD); San Pio X Hospital, Milan Italy (Natale Cascinelli, MD); Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center,* New York, NY, Daniel G. Coit, MD); The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center,* Houston, TX (Jeffrey E. Gershenwald, MD, Merrick I. Ross, MD, Marcella Johnson); John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA (Donald L. Morton, MD); Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Omgo Niewig, MD); University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (Keith Flaherty, MD and Phyllis A. Gimotty, PhD); University of Michigan,* Ann Arbor, MI (Timothy Johnson, MD); H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center,* Tampa, FL (Vernon K. Sondak, MD); University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB),* Birmingham, AL (Charles M. Balch, MD, Seng-jaw Soong, PhD, and Marshall Urist, MD); Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (John M. Kirkwood, MD and Michael B. Atkins, MD); Southwest Oncology Group (Vernon K. Sondak, MD); European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (Alexander M.M. Eggermont, MD); Sunbelt Melanoma Trial* (Kelly M. McMasters, MD); Sentinel Lymph Node Working Group* (Stanley P. Leong, MD); Intergroup Melanoma Surgical Trial* (Charles M. Balch, MD).
The following were members of the AJCC melanoma staging committee: Charles M. Balch (Chair), Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD; Jeffrey E. Gershenwald (Vice-chair), The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Seng-jaw Soong (Vice-chair), University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; Michael B. Atkins, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group; David R. Byrd, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Antonio C. Buzaid, Hospital Sirio Libanes, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Natale Cascinelli, Istituto Nazionale Tumori; WHO Melanoma Program, San Pio X Hospital, Milan, Italy; Alistair J. Cochran, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Daniel G. Coit, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Alexander M.M. Eggermont, Erasmus University MC—Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (International Union Against Cancer representative); David Frishberg, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA (College of American Pathologists representative); Keith T. Flaherty, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Phyllis A. Gimotty, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Allan C. Halpern, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Alan N. Houghton Jr, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Marcella M. Johnson, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; John M. Kirkwood, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group; Kelly M. McMasters, University of Louisville Medical Center, Louisville, KY, Sunbelt Melanoma Trial Group; Martin F. Mihm Jr, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Donald L. Morton, John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA; Merrick I. Ross, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Arthur J. Sober, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA; Vernon K. Sondak, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, Southwest Oncology Group; Kristen Stephens, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; John F. Thompson, Sydney Melanoma Unit, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The following were associated with Data Management and Analysis for the AJCC Melanoma Database: Seng-jaw Soong, PhD, Professor, and Senior Biostatistician, UAB; Shouluan Ding, PhD, Biostatistician, UAB; Matthew Dickerson, BS, Programmer Analyst II, UAB; Rush Elliott, BS, Data Manager, UAB; Connie Pitts, Program Coordinator, UAB; Marcella Johnson, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Carla Warneke, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.