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Can Melanoma Be Cured
Complicated Answer: Cancer is just an umbrella where more than 100 different cancers fall under. Each is diagnosed and treated differently. Prognosis is dependent on type of cancer and in stage at time of diagnosis for other cancers. Some can be cured ei: testicular cancer others you can't ei: cll. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more
Another option: This year was amazing for finally having some options to treat mm, including ipilimumab and also vemurafenib. Early diagnosis by getting screened by a board-certified dermatologist is essential to having the highest cure rate. Check yourself and your partner monthly and get to the derm if you notice any new or changing spot! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lymphoma: There are many types of lymphoma-from the agressive ones to the indolent ones. Each type has different biology and different response to therapy, as well as different prognosis etc. However, in general, lymphoma is a chemosensitive disease and is a radiosensitive disease. Yes, some lymphoma can be cured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Mild forms of the disease usually resolve on their own without treatment (most cases), disseminated cases can be treated with itraconazole (a pill) or Abelcet (amphotericin b lipid complex) (an IV anti fungal), usually with good success. Treatment may last as long as 6 weeks depending on the severity of the illness. Rarely, surgical excision of infected lymph nodes is needed if there is obstruction of a vital organ or perf. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Cholesteatoma is a condition that occurs in the ear canal or more commonly behind the ear drum in which the bony structures can be eroded. It is not a tumor but rather a destructive process that often is a result of previous infection. Surgery is curative. However, often more than one surgery is needed depending its extent at the time it is diagnosed. An ENT is the surgeon to seek for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You mean stage 4?: Once cancer has metastasized (spread to other organs), it is usually considered incurable. There are exceptions: some lymphomas and testicular cancers can be cured with chemo even if advanced. Other advanced cancers can be cured in rare circumstances if the spread is limited and if the patient is treated aggressively, with surgery and chemo +/- radiation. Is that what U were asking? ...Read more
Injury to be managed: Frostbite happens when the body part affected gets frozen. Your body has to heal up from the injury. If the frostbite is mild, prognosis is very good. If it is severe, you can sometimes lose the affected body part. Seek medical treatment asap, and educate yourself in frostbite prevention (not enough room here to go into details). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Albinism is a genetic pigmentary disorder. The genetic defect that affects enzymes that are involving in pigment (melanin) production or distributive pathways. With this condition, it is absolutely imperative to use sunscreen/block, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing to prevent uv induced damages. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Arrhythmia: While we don't cure a lot of things, some arrhythmias are actually able to be cured. When abnormal tissue is causing the arrhythmia, by ablation(destruction)of the abnormal tissue we may be able to cure that specific arrhythmia. This isn't all arrhythmias by any means, but at least its some. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable. Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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