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how long does a person with stage 4 melanoma have to live

A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
36 years experience Clinical Psychology
Palliative: The time can vary widely due to many factors and the best treatment may be palliative - to keep all body systems as strong and healthy as possible and ... Read More
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Depends: Traditionally, this would be associated with a short survival. But over the last 3 years, a number of new chemotherapy drugs are available which may ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
28 years experience Breast Surgery
Yes: Melanoma metastasis can be asymptomatic, particularly if the metastatic sites are small in size and few in number. Without treatment, it will progress ... Read More
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Dr. John Geisler
27 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Melanoma: Yes, but melanoma is generally compared by looking at depth of invasion not stage.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Yes it is possible.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
26 years experience Palliative Care
Studies are underway: There are studies currently underway of this drug in certain cases of stage IV melanoma. It is only available in a research studies, in certain loca ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
64 years experience Surgical Oncology
Several weeks: At times melanoma has been known to go into spontaneous remission. However the chemotherapeutic agents attempted to be used for control have not been ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Melanoma: Defining feature disease above and below diaphragm.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameh Abuerreish
27 years experience Hematology and Oncology
15-20%: 5 yr survival is 15-20%
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Denkler
42 years experience Plastic Surgery
Approx 15% live 5 yr: Stage iv: the 5-year survival rate is about 15% to 20%. The 10-year survival is about 10% to 15%, according to cancer.Org. So about 1 out of 5 or 6 c ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Melanoma vs meds: Common measures of inflammation are ESR & CRP which are not very specific;many health problems raise them. When VERY high,we're concerned for canc ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably OK: You have done the right thing by having a dermatologist check out your mole. Fortunately he/she thinks it is normal. Melanoma is uncommon at any age ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shyamali Singhal
24 years experience General Surgery
Unfortunately: Metastatic melanoma is a very difficult to treat disease. Luckily this last year there have been 4 new drugs that are active, perhaps you should con ... Read More
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