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any info in regards to melanoma spreading to the lungs?

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Dr. Marc Polecritti
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
It can: Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that if caught late can travel to other areas of the body and frequently will spread to the lungs and several other organs. Once diagnosed, the likelihood of cancer spread depends mostly on the depth of the melanoma when removed. If indicated, ct scan and or pet scans are typically done to check the lungs and other organs.
Dr. David Motoki
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Melanoma Metastases: Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that can spread via the bloodstream to the lungs. A ct scan or MRI scan can detect lung metastases.
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Pet scans are best for determining melanoma metastases .
Apr 21, 2013

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How painful is excision of stage 1 melanoma?

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What will doctors do when a patient has a punctured lung?

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