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Is malignant melanoma totally curable?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 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 34 years experience
Sometimes: The curability of any cancer depends on stage and treatment options.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 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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