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Who performs lymph node biopsies? Haematologists, oncologists, radiologist? None seem to provide any answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It takes a village..: In addition to md specialists, there are many who help provide care for a child with cancer. A partial list includes oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, social workers, medical assistants, child life specialists and researchers (basic science, translational medicine, epidemiology). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Superspecialisation available: MCH in surgical oncology m.Ch.In oncology dm in medical oncology difference?
Huh!: I don't understand your question. Surgical oncologists have completed a 5 year residency in surgery and a two year fellowship in surgical oncology. We are surgeons with special interest and experience in treating cancer. Most do not give chemotherapy. Medical oncologists typically start with internal medicine and then subspecialise. They give chemotherapy and other drugs but do not do surgery. ...Read more
More info needed: Yes but just because 83 yr old you don't write of people in cancer treatment , could be very healthy 83 , stage of the disease, health status , patient's own desire etc are all the factors to consider, for aggressive treatment, of course end stage, disease palliation and hospice care , make as comfortable as possible is the option at any age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Experts, might someone recommend nexavar (sorafenib) for a stage 4 inactive neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer patient?
Possibly: Stage 4 indicates that you have net at a site distant from the pancreas or regional lymph node, likely the liver. Not clear what you mean by"inactive", whether you mean it is stable or not secreting any substance. In any case, sorafenib (nexavar) is being tested in metastatic net in clinical trials (http://clinicaltrials.Gov/ct2/show/nct00131911) & (http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/23475104). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Hi. Hematologists are trained in internal medicine and then sub-specialize in hematology and oncology. They do minor procedures like bone marrow biopsies and any internal medicine procedures, but surgeries are performed by surgeons, physicians who specifically train in surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma.Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma.Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Urologists: probably see more genital warts however Dematologists are usually EXPERTS in sexually transmitted diseases...(it is said that this "expertise" resulted from the various SKIN manifestations of the "oldest" STD SYPHILIS which has NUMEROUS skin manifestations!! My suggestion is choose the expert recommended by your PCP (primary Care Provider) or a Friend/Family member! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more
New3mm sessile/transverse;no path yet;1hyperplastic18yrs ago;biological mother-colorectal ca in50s;family w/lung&other CAs;I had breast ca;test4Lynch?
Genetic testing: Although there are some genetic diseases that increase the risk of both breast and colon cancer your history and family history do not seem to indicate that spectrum. A hyperplastic polyp is completely benign and does not even change the screening protocols for colon cancer screening. I would wait for the pathology to discuss the results and determine your best screening methods. ...Read more
Used: Doctors do prescribe zevalin (ibritumomab tiuxetan) (ibritumomab). It is a useful medication, but the dosing involved a complex test dosing which was doable, but not available at all centers. That is better now. Also there is not "head-to-head" data vs the "naked" cd20 monoclonal antibody Rituximab vs. Zevalin, (ibritumomab tiuxetan) so some data are hard to interpret. It if more often used as consolidation or relapse therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usual Rx: Radiation is not usually used to treat skin cancer. Surgery is the usual approach. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-cancer/ds00190. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dysplastic nevus, or atypical moles, and they are benign lesions that resemble early melanoma, and about 1 in 10 million americans willmelanoma, what to do?
Watch carefully: Dysplastic nevi are potentially serious in that they can convert to infiltrating melanoma. In children with spitz nevus, they look malignant but never convert. In patients with neurofibromatosis there is a high incidence of dysplastic nevi and since many are present they are watched for changes in shape, darkening in color or redness around the lesion suggesting that they are converting. ...Read more