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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ferrell
15 years experience Radiology
Staging examination: Pet-ct is used in the staging of biopsy proven malignancy, or in suspected malignancy where biopsy may be dangerous. Most melanomas are diagnosed by ... Read More
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Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Imaging test: This test is performed by the nuclear medicine department. You are giving an infusion of glucose that has a radio-tracer attached to it. This glucose ... Read More
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Metastases: PET CT is often utilized to identify metastases from melanoma. Utilizes isotope F18 FDG for glucose metabolism of malignant lesions to identify them. ... Read More

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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Source?: I'm not sure what you mean. Melanoma is usually diagnosed on the skin...And the source is the skin. From your question, it sounds like it spread and ... Read More
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Dr. Sameer Gupta
17 years experience Medical Oncology
Depends: Typically a thorough dermatology eval is recommended- sometimes the primary may remain occult.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Unknown primary: It is possible that your body has completely fought off the primary skin lesion and now it is gone. Patient with unknown primaries while are not commo ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
It's your call: Melanoma is infamous for recurring late, as you know, though the risk from a thin melanoma is low. It's a matter of weighing the inconvenience against ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Denis Winder
57 years experience Plastic Surgery
Information: Pet scan is not an absolute diagnostic tool. It depends on how it is done and by whom. False negatives are a definite problem with the test.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Location?: Where is the positive site of activity on the pet scan? Is it in a site that could be easily biopsied? Could be unrelated to the melanoma.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
PET scan is a good t: PET scan is a good test to detect metastatic cancer. In fact it is our best imaging test to catch metastases early. Yet it has some limitations in tha ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Trachella Johnson foy
19 years experience Family Medicine
Discuss w/ oncology: Melanoma can be tricky- thus only a dr. W all the info would be able to guide you appropriately- any of us could say how things are usually done - but ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
I am sorry... : To hear about your father. Melanoma is a horribly unpredictable cancer. It can show up six months or six years after the original treatment and can be ... Read More
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Dr. Philip Miller
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Pre- melanoma: a precursor of actual melanoma: have the lesion completely excised and biopsied-asap
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Dermatologist: Skin evaluation by dermatologist -then biopsy will be done to establish diagnosis. Wide resection with a good clear margin will be needed to cure it i ... Read More
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