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Dr. Eric Whitman

Surgical Oncology
Morristown , NJ
37 years experience male

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Morristown , NJ

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Morristown , NJ
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Surgical Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

151 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Not sure: Not sure what you are asking. Thyroid nodules are part of the thyroid gland. Do you mean relatively speaking?
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Most asymptomatic: Most metastatic melanoma patients have no symptoms unless there is a mass that can be seen or felt. Brain metastases can cause headaches or neuro defi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Blocked: Most people who have a whipple procedure performed have a mass or tumor that is blocking the bike duct, so it is necessary to cut the duct and bypass ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
No: Nodules cannot be prevented by levothyroxine, nor can that drug shrink or otherwise change nodules. Nodules occur for other reasons, outside the contr... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Mostly sun exposure : Sun exposure, particularly with severe sunburns especially as a child (or probably sunbed use), fair skin, light colored eyes, red or blonde hair, fam... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Only specialists: Most doctors do not see that many patients with sarcoma, only those doctors (surgeons and others) who specialize in the treatment of sarcomas.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Not really: Ocular melanoma starts in the back of the eye and is genetically and clinically different than the more common skin melanoma. Although they look fairl... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Different genetics: Although melanoma of the skin and and melanoma of the eye may look similar microscopically, there are very significant genetic differences which in so... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Not clear: Nobody knows for sure, just recently, there was a fairly unique genetic mutation identified in ocular melanoma, called gnaq. But its significance or r... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Yes: Happens all the time. Although sun exposed areas are at greater risk for melanoma, that is not the only factor leading to melanoma, which can occur in... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Risk factors dictate: The most important treatment step after diagnosis is to be seen and evaluated by someone experienced in melanoma care. Most often, surgery is the next... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Surgery + immunoRx: Stage iii melanoma is usually where the regional lymph nodes are involved. The most common treatment is surgical removal of the lymph nodes, sometimes... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Yes: I'm not sure i understand the context of your question, but like all cancers, melanoma is the result of a set of genetic mutations and other abnormali... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Not parathyroid: There are many possible reasons for a neck mass, including an enlarged lymph nice, salivary gland or thyroid nodule. However, anatomically a neck mass... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Metastasis: Melanoma can spread to lungs from primary sites on the skin. In fact, it is a fairly common site of melanoma metastasis.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Calcium and surgery: Parathyroid cancer is very very rare. Usually patients have very high calcium levels, sometimes dangerously high. Parathyroid cancers may not be diagn... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Many factors: The cost depends on whether or not a biopsy is done, and the extent of the non-biopsy part of the examination, modified by the coding, complexity, ins... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Skin cancer: Merkel cell cancer is a malignancy that comes from cells in the skin related to neural components. It is usually on the head and neck but can occur an... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Pain: The most common symptom is pain, often worse with breathing, if the pneumothorax gets worse, you could get short of breath or have low blood pressure.... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Biopsy: The test for merkel cell skin cancer is a biopsy, usually performed by a dermatologist. The primary treatment of this cancer is surgery. Patients onl... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Very quickly: Any of these symptoms that are truly from the hyperparathyroidism typically go away within hours to days. You may wake up frim surgery with some sympt... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Biochemical cure: In most cases, parathyroid surgery is done because one of the four glands is hyperactive. If the gland can be succesfully identified and removed, and ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Sunscreen+avoidance: It is generally thought that the best way to prevent melanoma is to avoid excessive sun exposure and to use sunscreen. However those measures will not... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Biopsy essential: It is impossible to move forward without a biopsy of this (presumably new) mass. Anything else is needless speculation.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Major surgery : Whipple procedure involves removal of head of pancreas and surrounding intestine (duodenum) as well as the end of the bile duct. The remaining pancrea... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Bone cancer of leg: This is a bone sarcoma of the tibia, the main bone of the lower leg.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
You can't : Thyroid nodules don't shrink, and there is no medicine or other treatment that will shrink them short of surgical removal.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Depends: Most melanomas are fairly slow growing, but if they metastasize or spread they can seem to "accelerate" and grow quite quickly. It is rare for a prima... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Suspicious mole: Generally a test (biopsy) is done for melanoma when a skin mole is considered suspicious by a dermatologist or other physician.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Pancreas removal: Surgery to remove head of pancreas along with associated small intestine, usually for a mass in pancreas blocking the bile duct. The bile duct and rem... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Benign : This is a benign nodule in, not near, the thyroid gland.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Not really: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland. Some people with hashimoto's form nodules and some don't. There is no way to p... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Rare diagnosis : Melanoma of the lining of the mouth or cheek is possible but very rare. However, if it is a melanoma it will become very obvious clinically in a short... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Depends: Depends on which chronic skin inflammatory condition and which skin cancer. For instance squamous cell carcinomas can occur on the skin (and in the lu... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Not necessarily: The main risk from multiple thyroid nodules is that it can be impossible to adequately biopsy all the nodules, as is possible with fewer or solitary ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Almost never: Thyroid nodules either stay stable or grow. They do not shrink. No medicine causes them to shrink either, .
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Get a biopsy: There are many many possibilities; best thing is to resolve the issue and have it biopsied or removed.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Skin cancer : Melanoma is a skin cancer that starts in the pigmented cells or melanocytes of the outer skin layer. It is generally considered the most dangerous sk... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Lymph nodes: The most important variable for survival for patients after the whipple procedure (provided they survive the surgery itself, and presuming that the ca... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Many factors: Thyroid nodules are usually evaluated with ultrasounds and blood tests. Biopsies may also be done. Ultimately the treatment for a thyroid nodule depe... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Depends: Depends on many factors and can only be answered in the context of a full, in person, history and physical examination.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
"fast growing"?: Not sure what exactly you mean by "fast growing", but thyroid nodules can grow for several reasons. Often, they grow just because of the underlying re... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Varies: Thyroid biopsies can be difficult to interpret and may need to be sent for a second opinion pathology review. The results could take days or weeks the... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Exam needed: There are many possible reasons for what you are describing but one of them could (emphasize could) be recurrent melanoma. The only way to resolve thi... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Not necessarily: The decision to perform a sentinel node biopsy hinges on factors in the original melanoma biopsy and is not affected by "negative" x-rays or scans bec... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Yes: Most sarcomas are on the skin or in the arms and legs, but some cannot be felt because they are too deep, aren't large enough, are just skin nodules, ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Usually surgery: The treatment depends on the location of the sarcoma, but in general the primary treatment for a leiomyosarxoma is complete surgical resection with ne... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Gallbladder surgery: The gallbladder is usually removed laparoscopically if possible. The small incisons or "port sites" are closed with sutures as necessary. Just remov... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Complicated question: Most nodules are initially treated with a biopsy. Additional therapy, if any, will depend on the results of that biopsy and any other symptoms or sign... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Malnutrition: Depending on exactly how the procedure was done and how the intestines are reconnected, malnutrition or at least altered nutritional requirements is t... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Whitman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Whitman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1985MD

Awards

Top Surgical Oncologist, First Place, New Jersey - Summer
2013
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