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How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Cure is possible: Depending on size and volumn a small lesion that has not ulcerated, if less than 1 mm. thick and is free of any satellites adjacent to the primary can be cured. If there are local satellites, Ive seen cures with intralesional BCG. If at high risk, chemo infusion into an extremity can reduce recurrence and with alpha interferon, IL-2 and new checkpoint inhibitors many cures noted.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Cure possible: It can be cured. Make sure you are being managed by a dermatologist with cancer experiencce.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Normal life: If it is excised prior to its having spread, you have a cure. Keep watch for new lesions. Tumors that have not reached a certain depth are unlikely to have spread.

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