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How quickly does nodular melanoma spread?

How quickly does nodular melanoma spread?

Can Spread Quickly: Nodular melanomas tend to grow up as a nodule, and down into the skin. With melanomas, the deeper it is into the skin, the more likely it is to spread. So ask your doctor the depth of penetration in millimeters or the clarks level. Prognosis depends on the depth of penetration, and not the type of melanoma. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Malignant Melanoma (Definition)

Malignant melanoma is a cancer that begins usually in the pigmented cells (melanocytes) of the skin. It is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Most cases are localized and caught fairly early but some people will develop widespread ...Read more


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How does cancer metastasize?

How does cancer metastasize?

Enters circulation: The biology behind it is complicated and has been studied for decades by cancer researchers. However in a nutshell, the tumor gains access to blood vessels and lymphatics where it can then travel to distant sites such as lymph nodes, liver, lung, brain, and bones most commonly. ...Read more

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How does cancer spread?

How does cancer spread?

In many ways: Cancers can spread in many ways- it spreads to distant organs through the blood vessels or through lymph nodes or along nerves. It can also spread locally by directly growing into surrounding organs. ...Read more

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How fast does squamous cell cancer spread to lymph nodes?

How fast does squamous cell cancer spread to lymph nodes?

Depends: There are several different types of squamos cell carcinomas, scc. For instance scc of the skin is not aggressive and very rarely spreads rapidly to lymph nodes. Scc of the lung is very aggressive and spreads rapidly. ...Read more

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How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

It's variable.: Some ovarian cancers spread very slowly - over years, even. The most common form of ovarian cancer likely spreads more quickly than that (weeks to months), but every patient with ovarian cancer is different. ...Read more

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How quickly does lung cancer spread?

How quickly does lung cancer spread?

Very variable: This varies with cancer type and route of spread among other factors. At the time of diagnosis, small cell lung cancer is more often already spread to other organs. Non-small cell cancer can stay as small lung nodules for a couple of years before picking up speed. Spreading via the blood vessels can be sometimes faster than spread through the lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How fast does dcis spread?

How fast does dcis spread?

Quite slowly: It is difficult to define. But it does not spread all that fast. You have a few months before you need to worry about that. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer spread?

How fast does colon cancer spread?

Unpredictable: Colon cancer spread to local lymph nodes and then on to other organs such as liver, lungs, bones. It can spread through the blood vessels or locally to other organs such as kidneys, prostate, etc. Rate of spread is unpredictable at present and likely depends on growth factors, cancer differentiation, and unknown factors. Of cancers that comeback after surgery, most (80%) do so within 3 years. ...Read more

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How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma spread?

How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma spread?

It depends: Tumors that are grade 3, or that have a high "proliferation rate", may spread more quickly than grade 1 or 2. Tumors that are er- (estrogen receptor negative) or her2+ spread more quickly than other types. Inflammatory breast cancer of any type can spread in days; the other types of invasive ductal carcinoma generally take months. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer spread?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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How does leukemia metastasize?

How does leukemia metastasize?

It doesn't: Leukemia is a disease that affects the bone marrow and, thus, the blood. Since the bone marrow is in most bones and the malignant cells are in the blood, it doesn't really move from organ to organ like breast cancer. It, like some lymphomas can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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How quick does cancer spread?

How quick does cancer spread?

IT DEPENDS: It depends on the type of cancer and and the part of body is effected by it some cancers spread very fast and others are slow in their spread to other organs and parts of your body so all cancers are not alike and so the sprerad is not the same for different cancers in different organ systems and parts of your body. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer spread?

How does breast cancer spread?

3 Basic Ways: Breast cancer can spread in 3 basic ways - it can grow larger and larger, invading into the skin or muscle; it can invade into the blood vessels and then travel to other areas of the body (most commonly liver, lungs, bone and brain), and it can invade into the lymphatic vessels and travel to the lymph nodes under the arm and other areas of the body. ...Read more

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How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma develop metastasis?

Can be quick, but: Could be years or never. You do not mention: size; stage, nodes + or -, age, receptor status (er, pr, her-2-neu). Breast cancer treatment can effect chance of relapse. I find the questions about speed odd...The true answer is we do not know in an individual what will happen, and rely on group statistics to frame what we tell patients. I emphasize, that individual may not behave like a group. ...Read more

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How does melanoma spread throughout the body?

How does melanoma spread throughout the body?

Via blood and lymph: Like other cancers, melanomas spread (metastasize) via 2 pathways. First, via the lymph system, where the tumor gets caught in lymph nodes. Sentinel node biopsy is helpful to determine lymph node involvement. Next, it can spread via the blood. That's how melanoma can go from your skin anywhere to the brain, lung, liver, etc. It's propensity to do this makes melanoma so dangerous. ...Read more

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How can cancer spread?

How can cancer spread?

See below: Cancer can spread by invading nearby tissues, by invading lymphatics and thus gaining entry into blood and by invading veins and spreading through the blood stream. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/sites-types/metastatic. ...Read more

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How quickly does breast cancer normally metastasize?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to metastasize very early in their development while other can be slower to metastasize. ...Read more

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How can it be that melanoma skin cancers spread quicker than internal cancers?

How can it be that melanoma skin cancers spread quicker than internal cancers?

Melanoma : Melanoma has the potential to spread quickly through the blood and lymph systems if not detected early. ...Read more

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Does bone cancer spread quickly?

Does bone cancer spread quickly?

It can spread quickl: Primary malignancies of bone like osteosarcoma, ewing sarcoma and chondrosarcoma can metastasize most commonly to the lungs and other bones. However, the speed at which this happens truly depends on the underlying biologic aggresiveness of the individual cancer. It is hard nearly impossible to determine the speed of spread with our current understanding and tools available for evaluation. ...Read more

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How quickly does melanoma grow?

How quickly does melanoma grow?

It varies: What matters is how deep a given melanoma grows. Some tend to grow horizontally and do not spread. Others, stay small, but grow deep, and will spread quite quickly. If you have any concerns about a given spot, get it checked out. ...Read more

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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, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


Malignant (Definition)

The term “malignant” is mainly used in the context of cancer, but can also be used to describe a condition that can be acutely damaging to the body, ...Read more