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What is a malignant melanoma?

What is a malignant 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. More rare types of melanoma start in the eyes, colon, mouth, bladder and other organs. ...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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What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma?

What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma?

Varies: Many melanomas are without symptoms. Some are itchy, irritated, or may bleed. They have often changed shape, size or color, but these changes are usually asymptomatic. If the melanoma has spread, there are multiple other symptoms that could possibly occur. ...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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What can I do to prevent malignant melanoma?

What can I do to prevent malignant melanoma?

Protect you, family: Please stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. Use sunscreen protection and wear clothing and hats to cover the body. Have checks of your skin as advised by your doctors. ...Read more

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Can malignant melanoma be treated with chemo?

Another option: This year was amazing for finally having some options to treat mm, including ipilimumab and also vemurafenib. Early diagnosis by getting screened by a board-certified dermatologist is essential to having the highest cure rate. Check yourself and your partner monthly and get to the derm if you notice any new or changing spot! ...Read more

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How high is survival rate for malignant melanoma?

How high is survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Varies: It depends on depth of melanoma at time of excision and whether any lymph nodes are involved. Early melanomas less than. 75 millimeters have close to a 100 per cent survival. Dpeer melanomas greater than 1 mom, then greater 2 mm, and 3 mm. Have lower per cent age of 5 year cure rate. There are 2 new drugs for advanced melanomas. Early treatment is essential. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Depends on stage: 5 year overall survival:
stage i: 85-95%
stage ii: 53-80%
stage iii: 40-80%
stage iv: 15-20%. ...Read more

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What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Depends on depth: The prognosis for melanoma depends greatly on the stage at diagnosis. In the absence of spread to lymph nodes or other sites, the depth of the melanoma is the most important factor which predicts outcome. The deeper the tumor invades the more risk of it spreading/recurring. I caught early, melanoma is very curable. Discuss the case in question with your dermatologist or oncologist. ...Read more

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Is it common to put oneself at risk for malignant melanoma of the skin?

Is it common to put oneself at risk for malignant melanoma of the skin?

Yes: Most skin cancers are related to excess sun exposure. Fortunately, despite how often we suffer significant sun damage, melanoma is uncommon. ...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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I have read that desmoplastic neurotrophic malignant melanoma is a less dangerous type to have. Is this true?

I have read that desmoplastic neurotrophic malignant melanoma is a less dangerous type to have. Is this true?

Malignant melanoma: There are no good malignant melanomas but the size thickness location and lymph nodes are the best predictors of survival. ...Read more

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How can one get malignant melanoma?

Genetic and UV: Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes. It does have a familial component - meaning there are genetic mutations that put you at higher risk for development of melanoma. Uv exposure (especially with tanning beds) can put you at high risk as well. ...Read more

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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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Can malignant melanoma be treated by oncothermia?

Can malignant melanoma be treated by oncothermia?

No evidence: Standard of care is surgical resection for early stages. For unresectable stage 3 or metastatic stage 4, treatments can be chemotherapy (dacarbzine or temodar), or immunotherapy such as interleukin-2, or ipilimumab. Targeted drugs for braf-positive melanoma are zelboraf, tafinlar, or mekinist. Enroll in a clinical trial is highly recommended. No evidence that oncothermia by itself is effective. ...Read more

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Can malignant melanoma be treated with oncothermia?

Can malignant melanoma be treated with oncothermia?

Not typically: This technique of heating tumor has been used in melanoma in a very limited way. One way, in the past was to isolate the vessels of a leg and pump heated chemotherapy through it. It had limited success.
The recent exciting treatment through targeted therapy and control of the immune system have made oncothermia less interesting in melanoma in the us. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma on your back?

What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma on your back?

Skin mole: Melanoma doesn't usually hurt or cause symptoms. Sometimes it itches or bleeds easily. If it is very large it can cause pain. If it has spread to other organs it can also cause symptoms. But if it is small and just on the back, it doesn't cause much in the line of symptoms. Visit your doctor to talk about your options to determine if it really is melanoma (punch biopsy or shave biopsy). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: malignant melanoma?

What is the definition or description of: malignant melanoma?

Skin cancer: 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 metastatic disease and die. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how melanoma and malignant melanoma differ?

No difference: These are equivalent terms because there is no such thing as a benign melanoma! ...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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My husbands brother had malignant melanoma, is there an increased chance that he would get it? Or our children?

Melanoma: Yes. Melanoma has a genetic component. All direct relatives should be aware of watching for skin changes that could predict cancer. ...Read more

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I have what looks like the beginning stages of malignant melanoma, but I can't be sure. I don't have health insurance. What are my options?

I have what looks like the beginning stages of malignant melanoma, but I can't be sure. I don't have health insurance. What are my options?

Melanoma kill: Not sure what you mean by early stage. Early stage melanoma can not reliably diagnoses clinically. Pathologic diagnose is required. Once this is done, you and your doctor should know exactly what to do. ...Read more

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Safe to get pregnant with history of malignant melanoma?

Safe to get pregnant with history of malignant melanoma?

Controversial: A very good question, and the answer is not clear. Some experts believe that pregnancy increases the risk of melanoma and advise women with a melanoma history to avoid pregnancy, or at least wait several years. Others say the evidence to support that recommendation is not convincing. Until we have a definite answer I would be very cautious; if you get pregnant, have your skin examined frequently. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for typical malignant melanoma?

What is the best treatment for typical malignant melanoma?

Usually surgery: Assuming that the melanoma has not spread to other organs, the first treatment is to surgically remove the affected skin with a rim of normal skin. Then, certain patients will also need to have an operation to remove 1 or more lymph nodes depending on the spread. In select cases, melanoma that has spread to other organs is surgically removed. Other patients will need chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference in malignant melanoma and metastatic melanoma?

Melanoma: Malignant means cancerous. It's redundant to say malignant melanoma, as all melanoma is cancerous (although the term is still used). Metastatic means that it has spread to lymph nodes or other organs of the body. ...Read more

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I had malignant melanoma in 1994. What are the chances of it recurring. Should I still get annual skin check-ups.

I had malignant melanoma in 1994. What are the chances of it recurring. Should I still get annual skin check-ups.

Skin Checks Are Good: With a previous melanoma, you are at higher risk to getting another one.
Plus there is a slight chance your previous melanoma can recur.
So see a dermatologist and come up with a plan for prevention.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have malignant melanoma in radial stage with minimal microscopic invasion. Could this have spread already, I am waiting for wide excision.

Information: Radial grownth phase is probably better than vertical. Melanomas less that 1mm thick have excellent prognosis. The pronosis depends primarily on thickness. Other factors include ulceration, lymphocytic response, regression, tumors in the 1-4mm range benefit from sentinal node biopsy. ...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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Which treatment for vaginal malignant melanoma stage 2c is the very best?

Which treatment for vaginal malignant melanoma stage 2c is the very best?

No best treatment: Vaginal melanoma is considered mucosal disease and this type tends to spread via the blood to other organs in the body more readily. There is no known best treatment for stage iic. However, based on a recent study, chemotherapy with Cisplatin and temodar (temozolomide) every 3 weeks for 6 cycles are reasonable. However, enrolling in a clinical trial if available is the best option. ...Read more

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Does a completely removed potential precursor to malignant melanoma atypical nevus return in same place? Does it return as a malignant melanoma?

Does a completely removed potential precursor to malignant melanoma atypical nevus return in same place? Does it return as a malignant melanoma?

No: If it was removed completely, it will not return. This is why it's good to take margins. If it does recur at the site, it will probably still be a benign lesion, but keep an eye on it. The most important thing about a diagnosis of atypical nevus is that it warns you're likely to get a melanoma someplace else. Keep an eye on all your skin (partner, dermatologist) and quick removal will save you! ...Read more

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Malignant melanoma causing hot spots on bone scan?

Possible: Melanoma does have the ability to travel to bone and would show up on a bone scan. However other processes (non-malignant) can also also light up on a bone scan. Only a biopsy could tell for certain. ...Read more

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


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