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Should i have an excisional biopsy because doctor thinks it could be melanoma?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Depends: Typically dermatologists do a shave biopsy. They are appropriate when well-trained people do it (usually derm - most general surgeons and gp's do not have that specific training.) the problem with excisional biopy is that it may complicate the required surgery if it is a melanoma. Like most things - go to a qualified specialist.
Dr. Robert Warner
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Probably: If the lesion is a non-melanomatous skin cancer, complete excision will be curative, while if its melanoma he'll need to do a wider excision and possibly a lymph node dissection, depending on the site. So unless there is some cosmetic contraindication i see nothing to lose with the excisional biopsy.

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Last updated Dec 16, 2014

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