New York, NY
A 32-year-old female asked about a 23-year-old male:
My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. his is 3mm deep. having removal surgery & lymph node testing. what's his chance to be ok? so upset
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Fair: Malignant melanoma is an aggressive tumor, the potential for spread being volume of the lesion. This is measured by length x width followed by thickness. The thicker the lesion >2mm the greater the chance for spread. Ulceration also a poor prognostic finding. A small 3x4 mm lesion wont spread as a 3x4 cm lesion, so size and thickness count. Margins > 2 cm around resection important.
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Last updated Jul 10, 2018
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