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Medicine For Intraocular Melanoma
It depends...: Chemotherapy is not the first-line treatment for melanoma, typically surgery would be. Chemotherapy would be used in addition to surgery in high-risk patients, or in patients with metastatic disease (speed to other organs). If you happen to be in the unfortunate situation of having metastatic melanoma you might consider one of the 4 trial centers in the us using anti-pd-1 drugs to treat this. ...Read more
Do anti-tnf drugs increase your chance for melanoma? I know there are warnings about non-melanoma skin cancer.
Melanoma & Biologics: Using data from more than 13, 000 people with rheumatoid arthritis, dr wolf determined that biologic therapy is associated with increased risk for both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, but not for solid tumors, lymphomas or leukemias. These associations were consistent across different biologic therapies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom has stage 3a melanoma. Her surgical oncologist recommended high dose alphainterferon in addition to thesurgery. He said the european way of administering it is more tolerable but it takes 5 years. She is in favor of the more tolerable drug. What sh
Listen to him.: Stage iii melanoma is advanced, with palpable lymph nodes in its area. It has a 50% 5 year survival if only one node is involved and a 15-20% 5 year survival if 4 or more nodes are involved. Survival is improved with interferon-alpha. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy may also help. If treatment is done over 5 years, it may be too late. Drugs can be given for pain, etc. Get that therapy now. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin malignancy: Malignant melanoma is a highly malignant skin tumor, that if not brought under control by early surgical removal will metastasize to almost every organ in the body. Most important factor for aggressiveness was first Clarks level measuring depth of penetration but later changed to Breslows classification for thickness. Lesion less than 1mm favorable, more than 2 mm. not good. ...Read more
Type of skin cancer: Melanoma is a very dangerous form of skin cancer, caused by the pigment producing cells of the skin. The skin is not the only place that melanomas form, because melanocytes (the cells that go bad) occur in many areas of the body. Skin melanoma is on the increase, but our ability to catch it early is also improving. If you have a changing skin mole, get it examined! ...Read more
Melanoma: here are statistics from the national cancer institute -- cancer.gov on melanoma. Melanoma rates are rising amongst people under 18. Stay safe in the sun -- use sunscreen daily, stay in the shade as much as possible. Reapply sunscreen frequently, don't use tanning beds http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/melan.html ...Read more
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Hopefully: If the lesion is superficial, only excision of the skin site is needed. If it is deeper then removal of one or more of the lymph nodes in the area is usually recommended. If there is lymph node involvement, chemotherapyay help improve survival. Seek treatment at a center with experience in melanoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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