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is malignant melanoma totally curable?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
If it is caught...: ...Early enough, yes. A melanoma that is removed before it can spread stands an excellent chance of being cured completely. Once it has spread, either to lymph nodes or via blood vessels, there is little or no chance of a cure. So the key is to get it removed as quickly as possible, and get any further treatment that is indicated, depending on how thick the tumor is.
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Sometimes: The curability of any cancer depends on stage and treatment options.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
No: It depends on the stage. Stage ia has about a 98% cure rate, but most people with stage 4 will not be cured with any of the treatments that we have available.

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Can the laser be used to treat ocular melanoma?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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In general, yes...: Surgery for any given tumor (om or otherwise) is always very patient specific. What works for one patient may be totally inappropriate for another. The best therapy depends on the details of a patient, which necessarily can't be discussed here. Seek out a facility and physician team that has lots of experience with your type of tumor.
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Depends...: Advanced melanomas are thought to be spread primarily through the lymphatics. Thus, as a part of staging, if the melanoma is deep, it is generally recommended for one to undergo sentinel lymph node biopsy to capture the 1st few nodes that the melanoma site is drained into. This is only for the purposes of staging and not treatment. If positive, it indicates that the tumor has spread.
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What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Easy as ABC...: Any lesion which has the following characteristics could be a melanoma and should be checked out: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-diffferent colors; d-diameter 6mm (about the size of a standard pencil eraser). If in doubt, get it checked out. See www.Melanomafoundation.Org.
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Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Yes and No: Certain genetic conditions may predispose someone to malignant melanoma. But there are certainly things that can be done to boost one's immune system to fight cancers. And those with irregular moles should be seen at least yearly by their doctor or dermatologist to remove suspicious moles. Therefore, preventing a metastatic process.
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How painful is excision of stage 1 melanoma?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Hopefully little: There is variability from person to person, but the location on the body and depth of the melanoma will determine how wide an area around the melanoma needs to be removed. Once you are asleep or numb, the procedure itself should be painless (under local, IV or general anesthesia). Your surgeon can tell you what to expect post-operatively. Do not delay, melanomas can be life threatening!

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