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can malignant melanoma be treated with chemo?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Melanoma: On march 25, 2011, the u. S. Food and drug administration approved Ipilimumab Injection (yervoy, bristol-myers squibb company) for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma.
Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 23 years experience
Another option: This year was amazing for finally having some options to treat mm, including ipilimumab and also vemurafenib. Early diagnosis by getting screened by a board-certified dermatologist is essential to having the highest cure rate. Check yourself and your partner monthly and get to the derm if you notice any new or changing spot!

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Ive heard about a melanoma vaccine. Is it available to the public?

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No: Melanoma vaccine is a therapeutic vaccine for patients with advanced melanoma of a specific tissue type (hla). When used with il2, it boosts the immune response against melanoma cells. It is not used as preventative vaccine to prevent the occurrence of melanoma. Sun protection and routine skin checks are the best way to reduce your risk of developing melanoma.
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Can cancer chemotherapy contribute to heart failure?

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How can I tell if an existing mole is melanoma?

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See your doctor: Only your doctor can definitively diagnose a melanoma. This will usually involve a biopsy. But you may be suspicious about a mole if it changes over time in terms of shape, edges, color, or size. Any suspicious, new, or changing moles should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is pancytopenia resulting from chemotherapy is same as aplastic anemia?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
No: Aplastic anemia means something is wrong with your bone marrow and it cannot make red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. It can be caused by toxins, infections, or autoimmune problems. Often the cause is never found. Pancytopenia from chemotherapy means a decrease in red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets caused by the toxic effect of chemo. This improves with time.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How can skin cancer be treated?

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Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Usually surgery: Most skin cancers are treated initially with surgical excision. In some cases, depending on the type of tumor, other modalities may be employed. These include radiation, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, and others.

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