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  • Elective Lymph Node Dissection (ELND) - A major surgical procedure in which all lymph nodes are removed from the area surrounding a primary melanoma.
  • Endostatin - An angiogenesis inhibitor currently being investigated for the treatment of stage IV melanoma.
  • Ephelides - Freckles.
  • Epidermis - The outermost layer of skin.
  • Epitopes - Distinctive markers that protrude from the surface of an antigen and that alert the immune system to the antigen's presence.
  • Eumelanin - The most abundant type of human melanin, found in brown and black skin and hair.
  • Excision - The act of surgically removing or cutting out.
  • Excisional Biopsy - A biopsy in which the goal is to remove all of a tumor that is in evidence.
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy - Radiation therapy administered from an energy source outside the body and directed to a target inside the body.
  • Extracapsular - Located or occurring outside the lymph node capsule.