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What are the criteria for determining malignancy in melanoma? Aren't all melanoma malignant?

What are the criteria for determining malignancy in melanoma?  Aren't all melanoma malignant?

Yes: All melanomas are considered malignant however they have different levels of metastatic potential. This means that some melanomas have the ability to spread to other parts of the body while others, especially in situ melanomas, have little or no risk of metastasis. ...Read more

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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


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Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Yes and No: Certain genetic conditions may predispose someone to malignant melanoma. But there are certainly things that can be done to boost one's immune system to fight cancers. And those with irregular moles should be seen at least yearly by their doctor or dermatologist to remove suspicious moles. Therefore, preventing a metastatic process. ...Read more

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What is metastatic melanoma?

What is metastatic melanoma?

Skin cancer: In its most typical form, melanoma is a cancer that originates in cells of the skin called melanocytes. In some cases melanoma can spread to other organs from the skin. When it spreads, it is called metastatic melanoma. ...Read more

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Is melanoma genetic?

Is melanoma genetic?

Sometimes: There are a portion of melanomas that have a genetic inheritance, e.G, the dysplastic nevus syndrome. We are not yet certain about exactly how the inheritance works for this. Other rare inherited conditions also increase the risk of melanoma and other cancers too. Finally, there are a large number of melanomas that have no inherited predispostion as well. ...Read more

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Which type of melanoma cares the worst prognosis ? Is it nodular o a melanotic melanoma ?

Which type of melanoma cares the worst prognosis ? Is it nodular o a melanotic melanoma ?

Nodular melanoma: Three of the four types of melanoma remain superficial in the epidermis and grow RADIALLY (laterally), often for several years, before entering the VERTICAL GROWTH PHASE where they grow downward and invade the dermis with the potential to metastasize. The fourth type of melanoma is nodular melanoma which STARTS in the vertical growth phase and can metastasize from the outset. ...Read more

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What procedures treat nonmelanoma skin cancer?

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What procedures treat nonmelanoma skin cancer?

Depends: Depend on what type of cancer? Squamous cell, basal cell, skin lymphoma? Etc. Surgical resection if localized on the skin and if indicated. If it is already spreading to distant organ-then systemic therapy ( chemo or other biological agent) will be the option. In certain cancer on the skin -radiation therapy, uv therapy , topical chemotherapy , interferon etc-could be the treatment as well. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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What are metastatic melanoma patients chance sof survival through chemotherapy?

What are metastatic melanoma patients chance sof survival through chemotherapy?

Variable: Depends on how much spread, were e it spread to, and if you are a candidate for chemotherapy. Can be either monthscor multiple years! ...Read more

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What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

Also...: "e" was added more recently. Stands for evolution- in other words a mole that has recently changed it's size, shape, and/or color; or has started to bleed, become crusty or inflammed. ...Read more

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Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm.Pathologic staging(pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic.Margins of resection free of carcinoma.Need chemotherapy?

Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm.Pathologic staging(pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic.Margins of resection free of carcinoma.Need chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy regimens based on the drug Fluorouracil (5-fu) have been part of the treatment for high-risk stage ii or stage iii colon cancer. Many clinical trials have shown that these regimens improve overall survival primarily by reducing the high risk of recurrence within the first two years after surgery. ...Read more

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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read more

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Can malignant melanoma be found inside the body?

Can malignant melanoma be found inside the body?

Yes: Surprisingly, these can and sometimes do pop up in places that have never been sun-exposed. Famously this can happen within the deep vulva and the esophagus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

What are the symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

Depends: The most common symptom would be no symptoms at all. Metastatic melanoma is often picked up on imaging. Symptoms can occur depending on the location of the lesions. Neurological symptoms for brain mets, bleeding or obstruction for GI mets, possible pulmonary symptoms for lung mets. ...Read more

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Is malignant melanoma totally curable?

No: It depends on the stage. Stage ia has about a 98% cure rate, but most people with stage 4 will not be cured with any of the treatments that we have available. ...Read more

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Describe identification of tumorigenic breast cancer cells?

Describe identification of tumorigenic breast cancer cells?

Diagnosis?: Are you asking how breast cancer cells are found? Most breast cancer is detected by imaging (mammograms, ultrasound, or mri) suspicious areas are then biopsied either through the skin with a needle or through a small incision. ...Read more

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Are CT Scans accurate at discovering cancer?

Are CT Scans accurate at discovering cancer?

So-so: It depends where, how big the cancer is, and so forth. The new CT scans pick up lung cancers that are quite small -- most of the "cures" of tumors found this way may be of non-aggressive tumors. A scan can pick up a mass suspicious for cancer but of course tissue's required for certainty. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

21 per 100k people: 21 per 100000 men and women per year. It is estimated 76, 690 new cases and 9480 deaths in 2013 due to melanoma. ...Read more

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Could liver nodules be a recurrence of past malignant melanoma?

Could liver nodules be a recurrence of past malignant melanoma?

Possible: Nodules in the liver can be caused by many different things. A patient with a history of melanoma and the development of new liver lesions would warrant further investigation. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more