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Chemo For Melanoma
It depends...: Chemotherapy is not the first-line treatment for melanoma, typically surgery would be. Chemotherapy would be used in addition to surgery in high-risk patients, or in patients with metastatic disease (speed to other organs). If you happen to be in the unfortunate situation of having metastatic melanoma you might consider one of the 4 trial centers in the us using anti-pd-1 drugs to treat this. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why would melanoma require chemo? I thought you just cut it out? How much do tanning beds increase skin cancer possibilities?
Melanoma: If melanoma is found early, while it is still small and thin, and if it is completely removed by surgery, then the chance of cure is high. The likelihood that the melanoma will come back or spread depends on how deeply it has gone into the layers of the skin. For melanomas that come back or spread, treatments include chemo- and immunotherapy, or radiation. Tanning beds increase risk by an est 75% ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age51, 254pounds, 5, 6feet female was diagnosed with melanoma in 2011, march.Many operations, foot got bigger, can't sleep.Got chemo, didn't help.Any solution?
Still have melanoma?: If sleeping is the problem- great! see your doc for a list a behavior modification to help sleep, drugs last resort. If lymph edema is problem- compression, massage, time. Consider free lymph node transfer if persists (~50% success). If you have distant spread please ask your doc to help you enroll in the anti-pd 1 trials for metastatic melanoma, 4 places in the us, dana farber (boston) is one. ...Read more
Had two big surgeries for melanoma. Had IV chemo and radiation. Now back. Non-localized in abdomen and left kidney. Chemo & radiation not option. Help?
Hi, tell me a way to cure a malignant melanoma that has metastesised in two axillary lymph nodes? Chemo, radiation and surgery is not an option.
Limited options: Ask yourself why these are not options, and discuss with a surgical oncologist. Patients do very well after an axillary dissection and return to normal activities with the arm. You may be relying on incorrect information in making that decision. The most feared side effect, lymphedema, will likely occur anyway secondary to the cancer under the arm. Surgery alone may be curative. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
mom is 78 and had larynx cancer a year ago. Went thru chemo and radiation. Smoking and drinking again. unidentified "rash" and melanoma? See pics
Not enough history: The fact that mother is doing smoking is not good but not uncommon. The area of the rash is not clear as the pictures are not available. The rash if around the neck or in the radiation area may well be related to the radiation burns. There is not enough information to say about melanoma is unusual in this setting. See the oncologist. ...Read more
I was diagnosed in 1985 with superficial spreading malignant melanoma on my right forearm. They also found a spot on my left foot toe closest to the big toe.I was never given any radiation or chemo - just the surgery itself to remove has seemed to work so
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more
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