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Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma? Is it a fully approved treatment yet? Thanks

Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma?  Is it a fully approved treatment yet?  Thanks

Yes: It has been used successfully in advanced solid tumors such as melanoma. As tor the long term success or whether it is always successful I don't have that answer. Good luck ...Read more

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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The dermatologist removed a large dark freckle yesterday and told me he doesn't think it's melanoma but does think it has abnormal cells? Meaning?

The dermatologist removed a large dark freckle yesterday and told me he doesn't think it's melanoma but does think it has abnormal cells? Meaning?

Abnormal Mole?: The answer to your question will be provided by the Pathologist after he has looked at the biopsy of the freckly that was taken by the dermatologist. Be sure to get hold of this report and tell us what it says. There are abnormal moles called dysplastic(meaning abnormal cells short of a melanoma) but they can only be seen under the microscope/yet can be suspected which is what dermatologist meant. ...Read more

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Am i at a higher risk for melanoma due to basal cell skin cancer?

Am i at a higher risk for melanoma due to basal cell skin cancer?

Yes: Basal cell carcinoma is one o the most common malignancy in the us. Risk factors include uv radiation from sun exposure. This also increases your risk of melanoma. Make sure to get regular full body examinations from your dermatologist so any suspicious lesion can be caught early and biopsied. ...Read more

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Am I at higher risk for melanoma because I had basal cell skin cancer?

Am I at higher risk for melanoma because I had basal cell skin cancer?

Yes: You are more prone to skin cancer and should be checked although the increase in melanomas not statistically dramatic. ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read more

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Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read more

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If melanoma starts as a single cell naked to the human eye... How long does it typically take before it actually becomes noticeable and concerning?

If melanoma starts as a single cell naked to the human eye...  How long does it typically take before it actually becomes noticeable and concerning?

Variable: Different tumors have widely varying growth rates. In general, it takes a few years for a single malignant cells to grow to the size of about one centimeter. ...Read more

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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read more

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Pathology said possible spitz nevus cells, surgery set in month. Should I find someone who can do it sooner? I've heard can be confused with melanoma.

Pathology said possible spitz nevus cells, surgery set in month. Should I find someone who can do it sooner? I've heard can be confused with melanoma.

Second look slides: It is always ok to ask for the slides of the original specimen to be reviewed by another pathologist / pathology team, if you are concerned about an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

Different cell types: Melanomas originate from pigment producing cells called melanocytes, whereas squamous cell carcinomas from squamous cells in the skin. They appear different clinically. The former most frequently have irregular borders and many shades of brown, whereas the latter is often red scaly crusty plaques. However, rarely melanomas can loose their pigment and look like squamous cell ca. ...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