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Dr. Sewa Legha
131 Doctors shared insights

Malignant Melanoma (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Sewa Legha
131 Doctors shared insights

Malignant Melanoma (Overview)

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.


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Malignant melanoma (Tip)

Many non melanoma skin cancers can be treated very effectively by mohs surgery. See a dermatologist! ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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Malignant melanoma causing hot spots on bone scan?

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

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What does it mean to have a malignant melanoma in your eye? Can it be treated?

What does it mean to have a malignant melanoma in your eye? Can it be treated?

Retinal cancer: Melanoma can occur in the retina of the eye, technically in the uvea. The treatment is either surgery or radiation. Go to a specialist who treats this often. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
Once
Avoid picking at them
Once
Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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How do you treat a malignant melanoma on bottom of foot?

How do you treat a malignant melanoma on bottom of foot?

Same treatment: Treatment will be dictated by the same features as any melanoma: physical exam for possible metastatic disease, tumor thickness, ulceration, and mitotic rate. Thus the treatment will likely include wide excision and possibly sentinel node biopsy. The main difference for this location is that reconstruction of the primary site could require skin graft or a flap. ...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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing your skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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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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Hi, tell me a way to cure a malignant melanoma that has metastesised in two axillary lymph nodes? Chemo, radiation and surgery is not an option.

Hi, tell me a way to cure a malignant melanoma that has metastesised in two axillary lymph nodes? Chemo, radiation and surgery is not an option.

Limited options: Ask yourself why these are not options, and discuss with a surgical oncologist. Patients do very well after an axillary dissection and return to normal activities with the arm. You may be relying on incorrect information in making that decision. The most feared side effect, lymphedema, will likely occur anyway secondary to the cancer under the arm. Surgery alone may be curative. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
once
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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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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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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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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

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
Once
See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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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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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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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
Once
If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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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?

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?

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?

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

Dr. Mike Bowman
958 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Travis Kidner
2,634 Doctors shared insights

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


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