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When someone gets a biopsy and is diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next?

When someone gets a biopsy and is diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next?

Need more info: Sorry, but I am having trouble understanding your question. What type of skin cancer are you asking about? Common ones include Basal Cell, Squamous Cell and Melanoma. The word "metastatic" means that a cancer (any type) has spread to a distant location like a lymph node or another organ (lungs, brain). If a cancer is metastatic it is usually staged as stage 4, hence my confusion. Please re-ask! ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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Help please! When someone gets a biopsy and is diagnosed stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens directly after?

Help please! When someone gets a biopsy and is diagnosed stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens directly after?

Needs More Treatment: Stage iii skin cancers are serious.
They need evaluation as to the areas of spread, so the cancers can be cut out with surgery, or radiated.
Otherwise chemotherapy or immune therapy will be necessary.
So a good check up is necessary. ...Read more

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What happens if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next (treatment.)?

What happens if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next (treatment.)?

Staging/treatment: Typically these patients undergo imaging to make sure they are not Stage IV. Surgery is the main treatment for skin cancer. This typically involves removing the main tumor with a margin of normal skin and removing the lymph node basin to which the tumor has travelled. Additional radiation and/or chemotherapy may also be considered. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next (treatment.)?

Can you tell me if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next (treatment.)?

Depends on cancer: The treatment options depend on what kind of metastatic skin cancer it is. It may also depend on preferences of the oncologist or surgeon, and/or enrollment in clinical trials.

Check this site...it may have some answers for you.
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/skin/Patient/page1 ...Read more

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How common is metastatic melanoma? Mole removed for biopsy & scared. Dr.said don't lose sleep over it but it was 7mm and irregular. Had 1 hair. Been yrs

How common is metastatic melanoma? Mole removed for biopsy & scared. Dr.said don't lose sleep over it but it was 7mm and irregular. Had 1 hair. Been yrs

Common: Misdiagnosed and late diagnosed cases of melanoma frequently associated with metastasis. When first seen if lesion is thick, greater than 1.5 mm, has ulceration or a nodular component or ulcerated with bleeding, regional metastasis has probably occurred. After wide resection the high risk cases have sentinel nodes bx. When node + high chance for metastatic disease Hair uncommon in melanoma ...Read more

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How big is a biopsy?

How big is a biopsy?

Small, 4mm.: This is usually small, like 4mm for a punch biopsy. Others might be bigger, like breast tissue can be 3-4 cm in greatest dimension. ...Read more

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How does a biopsy work?

Laboratory: First you obtain a sample of the tissue or fluid. Second to send it to the pathology laboratory for identification, benign or malignant, classification if malignant, then for referral for treatment, even if not malignant. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about biopsies?

What can you tell me about biopsies?

Part of life: Everybody gets tissue sent to the pathologist from time to time for diagnosis. Cancer is essentially never diagnosed without a biopsy, and any lesion suspected of being cancer will be biopsied. Any skin lesion that can't be identified at once will get biopsied, any serious blood problem gets a marrow biopsy, and one woman in 2 will get a breast biopsy during her lifetime. What else can we tell you ...Read more

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What does the s/p in s/p biopsy mean?

What does the s/p in s/p biopsy mean?

Status post: "Status post" something means that "something" had been done. For example, s/p biopsy means a biopsy had been done, and s/p bone marrow biopsy means a bone marrow biopsy had been done. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with a biopsy?

What risks are associated with a biopsy?

Very limited: Bleeding, infection, tracking and nerve damage are the most frequent complications, although very rare. Depends on what is being biopsied and how: brain with a craniotomy is very different from a fine needle aspiration of a soft tissue lipoma (fatty tumor). If it is under radiology guidance (ct or us), a lung collapse is possible. So, while site dependent, you are probably going to be just fine. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: biopsy?

Tissue sample: Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). This can guide treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get a biopsy n am scared?

Depends on type: Best thing to do is talk to your physician. A good physician should (in easily understood language) answer any questions you have about the biopsy to your satisfaction, and most importantly, be able to educate you in regards to the benefits and any potential complications of the procedure. Usually, biopsies have minimal risk associated with the procedure, depending on the site. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of fnac vs core biopsy?

Cells vs tissue: Fnacuses a small needle to dislodge cells to see I they are malignant. Requires expertise of a cytopathologist to get accurate readings.
Core biopsy uses much larger needles to obtain tissue and will be more accurate but may be more uncomfortable and occasionally lead to some bleeding. ...Read more

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I have to get a biopsy. I am scared and don't now what to expect?

This is normal.: Having concerns about a pending medical procedure is ok. There are many types of biopsies. Ask the doctor or other provider who is going to perform the biopsy to explain in detail and aswer any questions that you have. Having a better understanding of the specific procedure may help to calm and reassure you. Be well. ...Read more

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What is incision biopsy?

What is incision biopsy?

'to cut' biopsy: 'incisional biopsy' literally means to 'cut out some tissue' to get a good sample of a particular lesion (usually skin but can be any biopsy). An excisional biopsy is similiar but this refers to removing the whole lesion with normal tissue around it (as in a small dark mole removed). Biopsies are sent to a pathologist who 'reads' the slides under a microscope looking for abnormal cells/diseases. ...Read more

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Why do stereotaxic biopsy?

To get a diagnosis: A stereotactic biopsy is indicated when a lump or an abnormal proliferation is detected on clinical or radiologic exams. Teh purpuse is to collect tissue that, after processing, will be evaluated under the microscope by a pathologist and a diagnosis will be rendered. Based on this diagnosis, your doctor will know how to treat you. ...Read more

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How does cone biopsy work?

How does cone biopsy work?

Surgical procedure: A cone shaped tissue is removed from the uterine cervix for diagnosis and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions. See this site for more info.
http://www. Webmd. Com/cancer/cervical-cancer/cone-biopsy-conization-for-abnormal-cervical-cell-changes. ...Read more

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