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

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

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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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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Can a person who has a very good blood results have stage four melanoma?

Yes: Patients with stage 4 melanoma may have an elevated lactate dehydrogenase, but many will not. Blood work can be completely normal with metastatic melanoma. ...Read more

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What does it mean if someone has stage four melanoma?

Advanced stage: It means that is has spread to a distant organ (lung, bone, brain, etc...) I am sorry if you are in this situation. Please seek help from a cancer center with experience in melanoma. They can ofer the the most advanced treatments and offer you a clinical trial if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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How long can you have melanoma and not know it?

No specific time: Lline. 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 ...Read more

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What are long term effects of having melanoma?

What are long term effects of having melanoma?

It depends: The long term effects of having melanoma depend on how deep the cancer is at diagnosis and whether it has spread beyond the skin. For very thin (in situ) lesions, there is very little impact after the lesion is treated. On the other end of the spectrum, thicker melanomas that my have spread can be fatal. If you have been diagnosed with melanoma, discuss your prognosis with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than. 50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables. I just ask for approximati?

Approximately how long does it take for a melanoma to go deeper than. 50 mm into the skin. I know there are many variables. I just ask for approximati?

A guess: Melanomas can behave quite differently. Some can stay relatively dormant for years, while others grow like wild fire. I would estimate that a superficial spreading melanoma (the most common type) would reach 0.5 mm in depth in about 6 months to 2 years from its inception. ...Read more

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How long does melanoma take to spread?

Highly variable: There are aggressive fast-spreading cancers and there are slow-spreading cancers. An aggressive fast-spreading melanoma can metastasize even before it's visible on the skin. Some superficial slow-spreading melanomas may spread wide but not deep and may not invade the bloodstream for many months. The problem is there's no predicting how a melanoma is going to behave so early detection is key. ...Read more

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How long does it take melanoma to spread?

How long does it take melanoma to spread?

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 long can someone live if they have melanoma?

How long can someone live if they have melanoma?

Depends on Stage: Survival from melanoma (or really any cancer) depends on the stage of the cancer, which in the case of melanoma is derived from the initial tumor thickness, whether there is ulceration, the extent of lymph node involvement (if any) and whether e melanoma has spread to distant, internal, organs. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take to recover from melanoma?

D├ępends on therapy: Depending on the depth of the melanoma, surgical therapy may involve just removal of the tumor and closure of the wound with skin flaps or grafts. If the tumor is deeper, lymph node removal may be indicated. If the tumor is present in lymph nodes, adjuvant chemo after surgery may be recommended. As you may imagine, the more treatment, the longer the recovery. ...Read more

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If someone had an untreated melanoma, how long would it likely take before it starts to spread to other parts of the body?

Variable, unpredicta: Melanoma can be unpredictable and is quite variable in its behavior. If you can tell us the exact information about this melanoma such as a biopsy report and or the stage of melanoma, then we can be more exact in discussing its prognosis. But it is all dependent on the stage of the disease with some variability among different people. ...Read more

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How long does the melanoma treatment last?

Depends: Surgery is the main treatment for melanoma. Recovery from surgery typically takes a few weeks depending on what operation is performed. ...Read more

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How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

Cure possible: It can be cured. Make sure you are being managed by a dermatologist with cancer experiencce. ...Read more

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Six months of chemo three melanoma surgeries and now on Ibrutinab three pills a day will I beable to get my strength back and have some longivity?

Six months of chemo three melanoma surgeries and now on Ibrutinab three pills a day will I beable to get my strength back and have some longivity?

Post chemo: Please consider seeing a nutritionist or other type of natural medicine practitioner. He/she can work in conjunction w/your doctor to help you re-gain your strength. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long does it take for melanoma to spread to brain?

How long does it take for melanoma to spread to brain?

Comments: I do not believe we should look at the time for melanoma to go to brain, as the first sign in the body might be a brain hemorrhage secondary to presence in brain. More typically, brain metastasis is late, over months to even a year or two. This nasty disease however, is in the main, poorly predictable. ...Read more

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If melanoma moles start out flat, how long would it take to grow, or will it grow?

Varies: Different melanoma grow at different speeds. It is very hard to predict their growth rate. ...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