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Doctor insights on: End Of Life Symptoms Of Stage Iv Melanoma

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Can a person be healthy with no complications but still have melanoma stage 4?

Can a person be healthy with no complications but still have melanoma stage 4?

Yes: Melanoma metastasis can be asymptomatic, particularly if the metastatic sites are small in size and few in number. Without treatment, it will progress, however, and symptoms will develop. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


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What constitutes stage 4 melanoma on a superficial mole that has gone malignant?

What constitutes stage 4 melanoma on a superficial mole that has gone malignant?

Metastasis: Stage IV (4) melanoma is the highest stage that a melanoma can reach. It is diagnosed by finding distant spread or metastasis to other parts of the body. Stage is different from clark's levels and breslow levels, although these can impact lower stages. (ajcc cancer staging manual, 7th ed., 2010). ...Read more

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Could a person take plexxikon if they have malignant melanoma, stage 4?

Could a person take plexxikon if they have malignant melanoma, stage 4?

Studies are underway: There are studies currently underway of this drug in certain cases of stage IV melanoma. It is only available in a research studies, in certain locations, and only patients who meet strict entry criteria are eligible. Patients and families can find these studies listed at www. Clinicaltrials. Gov ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the survival rate of metastatic melanoma stage 4?

Could you tell me what is the survival rate of metastatic melanoma stage 4?

Approx 15% live 5 yr: Stage iv: the 5-year survival rate is about 15% to 20%. The 10-year survival is about 10% to 15%, according to cancer.Org.
So about 1 out of 5 or 6 chance of living five years.
Some new drugs are coming out for melanoma, and there can be spontaneous remissions. But distant spread of melanoma is a tough one.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What to expect when a person comes to the end of life with a stage 4 primary liver cancer?

What to expect when a person comes to the end of life with a stage 4 primary liver cancer?

Hospice care: It can be overwhelming for the family. Get hospice involved immediately. They have resources to help the whole family through this tough time. ...Read more

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How much time would it take for a person to go into remission from stage 4 metastatic melanoma?

How much time would it take for a person to go into remission from stage 4 metastatic melanoma?

Several weeks: At times melanoma has been known to go into spontaneous remission. However the chemotherapeutic agents attempted to be used for control have not been too effective. Recently drugs like the antiCTLA's (anti cytotoxic lymphocyte antigen) and the PD-1's have produced a rapid regression in metastasis that have lasted long periods of time. Newer tyrosine kinase inhibitors are adding to the results ...Read more

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I'm 41 y/o F, stage 4 met Melanoma. On Zelboraf & Mekinist. ESR of 85 & C-Reactive Protein 10. Can meds cause this??

I'm 41 y/o F, stage 4 met Melanoma. On Zelboraf & Mekinist. ESR of 85 & C-Reactive Protein 10. Can meds cause this??

Unrelated: ESR and C-reactive protein are laboratory values that are usually not very helpful in following patients with metastatic melanoma. Generally, scans such as CT or MRI are more helpful. Some patients do have an elevation in a laboratory value called LDH which can be helpful to follow. ...Read more

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New mole show up one year ago, doesn't fit ABCDE and derm said it is fine. Cant shake the thought that it may not be. Scared stage 4 melanoma, crazy?

New mole show up one year ago, doesn't fit ABCDE and derm said it is fine. Cant shake the thought that it may not be. Scared stage 4 melanoma, crazy?

Probably OK: You have done the right thing by having a dermatologist check out your mole. Fortunately he/she thinks it is normal. Melanoma is uncommon at any age but especially so at your age. If you cannot shake this feeling, then a second opinion with another dermatologist would be in order. ...Read more

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How long can you live with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets spread into the brain. What kind of treatment is best?

How long can you live with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets spread into the brain. What kind of treatment is best?

Radiation +/- surg: If there is only one or two brain metastasis it may be treated with surgery + radiation therapy. More than that number of brain mets usually treated with radiation alone. Disease in body may respond to targeted therapy (e.g. Zelboraf + Mekinist). Yervoy has also helped many. Prognosis depends on a large number of factors which I cannot assess. ...Read more

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Are the survival rates with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets to the brain, liver and skin really poor?

Are the survival rates with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets to the brain, liver and skin really poor?

Unfortunately: Metastatic melanoma is a very difficult to treat disease. Luckily this last year there have been 4 new drugs that are active, perhaps you should consider a clinical trial that utilizes these medications. ...Read more

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If I have stage 4 melanoma, does that increase my chances of getting breast cancer or another form of cancer?

Not all that signifi: It does not increase the risk. So I would ask you not to worry any more than you already are if you have stage 4 melanoma. I hope you are not confusing it with level-4 melanoma which means non- metastatic melanoma (curable) as opposed to metastatic melanoma (stage-4) which is less commonly curable. ...Read more

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How long does this person have with stage 4 metastatic melanoma w/ several mets in small bowel and brain? Treatments?

Depends: Traditionally, this would be associated with a short survival. But over the last 3 years, a number of new chemotherapy drugs are available which may significantly extend the quality and duration of patients with metastatic melanoma. Ask your doctor if your melanoma is "BRAF mutant". If so, you are a candidate for a class of drugs. But don't delay, brain mets can be dangerous if not treated. ...Read more

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My dad, stage 4 small cell lung cancer. Gets out of breath, takes naps, losing weight, and today, coughed up blood 2 times. Is this end of life signs?

My dad, stage 4 small cell lung cancer. Gets out of breath, takes naps, losing weight, and today, coughed up blood 2 times. Is this end of life signs?

Lung Cancer: It sounds like he is not doing well. However, regarding when he will die - his physician or his medical team would be best to determine if he is close to death. Take care. ...Read more

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Could a teenage resist treatment for stage 4 metastatic melenoma with mets to brain, liver and skin?

Could a teenage resist treatment for stage 4 metastatic melenoma with mets to brain, liver and skin?

Unsure of question: I'm not sure I'm reading your question correctly. Are you asking if a teenager can REFUSE treatment? It depends upon age of the teenager and the state they live in. If your question is can a teenager be "resistant" to treatment, meaning the treatment won't have much likelihood of working, the answer is yes. How sad- stage 4 melanoma is very rare in teens - I don't think I've ever heard of a case. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone with stage 4 skin cancer can only breath through her mouth?

What does it mean when someone with stage 4 skin cancer can only breath through her mouth?

Nasal obstruction?: The implication that someone can only breathe through their mouth is interpreted to mean that they cannot breathe through their nose due to an obstruction. This does not follow as a direct result of advanced skin cancer. ...Read more

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For dementia pt especially what are end of life symptoms? Pt suddenly to be bed bound, robust appetite poor almost overnight, back on o2, hiccups.

For dementia pt especially what are end of life symptoms? Pt suddenly to be bed bound, robust appetite poor almost overnight, back on o2, hiccups.

Weight loss, day-nig: Generally, dementia is considered advanced when the pt experiences severe memory loss (can't recognize own family) & forgets how/when 2 eat, toileting, chew, & use basic body functions. This results in weight loss, incontinence, choking/gagging, not able to clear secretions, & loss of 24-hr cycle (days & nights get mixed). Read "The 36-hour day" by Nancy Mace & Peter Rabins- a gr8 descriptive book ...Read more

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What are the end of life symptoms for advanced adendouscarcina nsclc w/ mets to brain, bones and now liver. 14 months dx?

What are the end of life symptoms for advanced adendouscarcina nsclc w/ mets to brain, bones and now liver. 14 months dx?

Breathless: Frequently pulmonary obstructive symptoms, just cannot breathe,
or pneumonia, and fever and sepsis, or metastatic disease in a critical area- brain for example, or the chest fills with fluid,
one can break a bone such as hip and fall due to metastasis. ...Read more

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Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry
boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What symptoms are typically associated with melanoma?

What symptoms are typically associated with melanoma?

Malignant Melanoma: Aad malignant melanoma screening: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of stage three melanoma in a teenage female?

What are the symptoms of stage three melanoma in a teenage female?

Lymph nodes.: The main thing in stage iii melanoma in anyone is that there are palpable lymph nodes in the vicinity of the tumor/melanoma. It has a 50% 5 year survival if only one node is involved and a 15-20% 5 year survival if 4 or more nodes are involved. Survival is improved with interferon-alpha treatment. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy may alsso help. Please see your doctor for the best treatment plan. ...Read more

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I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with melanoma. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

Skin exam &biopsy: Melanoma is diagnosed by performing a complete skin exam and by taking a sample (biopsy) of the suspicous areas. The skin biopsy is then examined under a microscope to determine if it is melanoma. See the picture to find out what typical melanoma moles look like. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma on your back?

What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma on your back?

Skin mole: Melanoma doesn't usually hurt or cause symptoms. Sometimes it itches or bleeds easily. If it is very large it can cause pain. If it has spread to other organs it can also cause symptoms. But if it is small and just on the back, it doesn't cause much in the line of symptoms. Visit your doctor to talk about your options to determine if it really is melanoma (punch biopsy or shave biopsy). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Melanoma?

Malignant Melanoma.: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: ASYMMETRY: 1 half is unlike the other. BORDER: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. COLOR: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. DIAMETER: > 6 mm. EVOLVING: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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Which symptom did you have of melanoma?

Which symptom did you have of melanoma?

Use ABCDE RULE: It's best to see a dermatologist but a good rule of thumb is the abcd guidelines
a=asymmetry of lesion
b=border is irregular
c=colors are multiple and not consistent
d=diameter is greater than 6mm
e=evolution of lesion with changes and enlargement. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of melanoma if it has spread?

Many disguises: I have seen melanoma spread nearly everywhere you can imagine, and the site of metastasis dictates the symptoms that may occur. Common sites include lymph nodes, lung, liver, bone, and small intestine. Lymph nodes: a lump in the underarm, neck, or groin. Lung: cough, shortness of breath or bloody sputum. Liver: jaundice or pain. Bone: pain or fracture. Small intestine: bloody bm, blockage. ...Read more

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How do I know I've got a melanoma? Which are the symptoms? Does it have to look all black? Or how?

See below: There is considerable variation in color size and shape of melanomas. It does not have to be all black. It would be useful to see your doctor for an evaluation. You may consult this site for the various images of melanomas.

https://images. Search. Yahoo. Com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVjzd8bJU_5AAdBQPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--? _adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&sz=all&va=melanoma+skin+cancer&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001 ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma?

Varies: Many melanomas are without symptoms. Some are itchy, irritated, or may bleed. They have often changed shape, size or color, but these changes are usually asymptomatic. If the melanoma has spread, there are multiple other symptoms that could possibly occur. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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