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Can surgery repair melanoma?

Can surgery repair melanoma?

Hopefully: If the lesion is superficial, only excision of the skin site is needed. If it is deeper then removal of one or more of the lymph nodes in the area is usually recommended. If there is lymph node involvement, chemotherapyay help improve survival. Seek treatment at a center with experience in melanoma. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more


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My husband is having surgery for melanoma next week. Can you tell me anything about the procedure?

My husband is having surgery for melanoma next week. Can you tell me anything about the procedure?

Excision and node: The operation will involve removing a margin of normal skin around the melanoma. How much skin that is needed to be removed depends on the thickness of the melanoma. In addition, a sentinel lymph node procedure may be performed. This involves injecting dye into the melanoma and locating the lymph node that turns blue. The location of this lymph node depends on the drainage of the melanoma. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband is having surgery for melanoma next week. I have so many questions.?

What do you suggest if my husband is having surgery for melanoma next week. I have so many questions.?

Melanoma: Perhaps you can schedule another consult with the surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to give you more information depending on the type of melanoma and the stage. ...Read more

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How effective is Mohs surgery for treating melanoma?

How effective is Mohs surgery for treating melanoma?

Fair: Mohs surgery has been used successfully int treating cutaeous basal cell and squamous Ca. The treatment of melanoma is best handled by wide resection with at least 1 cm. margin to guarantee no recurrence. If nodular the lesion may also require node dissection. Arsenical paste applied to melanoma has been occasionally used by not all agree it is the best approach, no more than fulguration was. ...Read more

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My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. His is 3mm deep. Having removal surgery & lymph node testing. What's his chance to be ok? So upset

My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. His is 3mm deep. Having removal surgery & lymph node testing. What's his chance to be ok? So upset

Fair: Malignant melanoma is an aggressive tumor, the potential for spread being volume of the lesion. This is measured by length x width followed by thickness. The thicker the lesion >2mm the greater the chance for spread. Ulceration also a poor prognostic finding. A small 3x4 mm lesion wont spread as a 3x4 cm lesion, so size and thickness count. Margins > 2 cm around resection important. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is anything (besides chemo/surgery) that can help a patient with stage 3 melanoma?

It depends: Stage 3 melanoma can be low risk(microscopic lymph nodes involved) or it can be high risk if there are multiple grossly positive nodes, removed with surgery. Adjuvan therapy is indicated especially if more than one node was affected with metastatic melanoma. High dose interferon is one proven beneficial therapy advised for stage 3 meklanoma. There are new drugs which are in clinical trials, seek th. ...Read more

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Dx w malignant melanoma today..Surgery scheduled. Symptoms it has spread? Body check was negative. Small spot on face.

Dx w malignant melanoma today..Surgery scheduled. Symptoms it has spread? Body check was negative. Small spot on face.

Depth: The risk of melanoma spreading to other parts of your body depends on the thickness of your primary melanoma. Usually I recommend that a lymph node biopsy be performed for melanomas that are thicker than 0.76mm or those with other worrisome features. ...Read more

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Melanoma in situ, tigh, WLE a week ago. Now pain in the tigh and groin, can feel a lymph node. Is A reaction to the surgery? Or melanoma spread?

Needs monitoring: You are right, it may be a reaction to recent surgery or(less likely) there can be melanoma spread into your lymph node. Only time will tell you which possibility it is. If the nodes are enlarged due to reaction to surgery(or infection), then they will settle down and decrease in size in 4-6 weeks. So keep an eye and check the size of the node once weekly and see if they decrease or increase . ...Read more

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Pet scan 3-4mm, suv value of 1, no further evidence of disease, before surgery melanoma 0.8 mm negative sln, blood samples normal, no other signs ?

Melanoma : You now have a baseline to be monitored by you and your oncologist will follow you for the rest of your life the term ned means no evidence of disease not no cancer therefore routine monitoring is your best protection. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more