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How Can Skin Cancer Be Treated
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin cancer: There are different techniques to remove skin cancer. The technique that has the highest cure rate and that spares the most normal tissue is called mohs micrographic surgery. This method allows the cancer to be traced out under the microscope by examining the entire periphery of the excised tumor. If any roots are seen the excision and microscopic checking continues until tumor free plane obtained. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Complex: Always surgery: mastectomy and lumpectomy. In either case, a sentinel node biopsy in the armpit (axilla) will be done and possibly a full axillary node dissection. Usually (if > 1cm and/or estrogen receptor negative) chemotherapy and/or hormonal blockade. Often radiotherapy: if no mastectomy or if mastectomy and + lymph nodes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's complicated : Low levels of radiation can change the dna in normal cells that 10 to 30 years later can turn into cancer. With cancer higher doses of radiation kills the cells while normal cells recover. The probability of killing cancers is far higher than the probability that the normal cells become cancerous. The chance of getting radiation cancer is low and it takes a long time to happen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Hepatocellular cancer can be cured in some patients who have limited resectable disease or who qualify for transplantation. Transplant is typically only offered to patients who have single tumors less than 5cm in size or up to 3 less than 3cm. Other techniques like ablation and chemoembolization sometimes work, but have less chance at achieving a cure. Multidisciplinary review is recommended. ...Read more
Depends...: ...On the kind of cancer and the stage. Small cell cancer is typically treated with chemotherapy plus/minus radiation. Non small cell may be treated with surgery, radiation, or chemo, be it separately or in combination. If this is about you or a relative, the treating oncologist should go over the treatment plan that applies to the specific situation. ...Read more
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Oral medicines: Acne can be treated internally and includes oral antibiotics (reduce inflammation and bacterial overgrowth), oral contraceptives (regulate hormone levels and decrease free testosterone), oral spironolactone (inhibits testosterone's effects on the oil glands and hair follicles), and Isotretinoin (aka accutane) - which addresses all components of acne. Also, herbal remedies and acupuncture can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...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
Yes: Primary brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation (wbxrt or focal therapies such as gamma knife or cyberknife), and/or chemotherapies. Other cancers that have metastasized (spread) to the brain may also be treated. The prognosis and specific treatment depends on many factors and should be individualized to the patient with a multi-disciplinary team approach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prostate : Prostate cancer can be approached in different ways. Treatment will depend on the patient's age, psa test, gleason score, and clinical stage. A wide range of treatment modalities are available for localized prostate cancer such as: active surveillance, seed implants, external beam radiationtherapy, surgery (open, laparoscopic, robotic), cryotherapy, and hifu. Other treatment modalities for locally advanced prostate cancer with or without metastasis include adding additional therapy such as hormonetherapy and/or chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any age: Skin cancer can occur in any age. Skin cancer is caused by errors or mutations in the dna of skin cells. This then causes the cells to grow out of control leading to cancer. This can be from exposure to uv light from the sun or tanning beds or from exposure to toxic substances. There are also genetic diseases that can lead to skin cancer as well known as xeroderma pigmentosa. ...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
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