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A 33-year-old member asked:

can malignant melanoma be treated with oncothermia?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Not typically: This technique of heating tumor has been used in melanoma in a very limited way. One way, in the past was to isolate the vessels of a leg and pump heated chemotherapy through it. It had limited success. The recent exciting treatment through targeted therapy and control of the immune system have made oncothermia less interesting in melanoma in the us.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 36 years experience
What do you mean: I don't understand what you mean by "oncothermia"? Some melanoma patients with very specific situations have been treated with hyperthermic limb perfusion, where concentrated high doses of chemotherapy are administered directly into the blood vessels of arms or legs. Past that, ?
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 15 years experience
Alone?: Used alone, i would expect it to be a complete failure. As part of a combination approach--maybe it could help.
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Melanoma: Melanoma is a surgical disease that is based on the depth of the melanoma. Please see an experienced provider in melanoma.
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
No evidence: Standard of care is surgical resection for early stages. For unresectable stage 3 or metastatic stage 4, treatments can be chemotherapy (dacarbzine or temodar), or immunotherapy such as interleukin-2, or ipilimumab. Targeted drugs for braf-positive melanoma are zelboraf, tafinlar, or mekinist. Enroll in a clinical trial is highly recommended. No evidence that oncothermia by itself is effective.

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How painful is excision of stage 1 melanoma?

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