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What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

Eye exam: An eye examination by an ophthamologist is usually how the diagnosis is made. More detailed examination by a specialist in retinas or ocular oncology may follow. A biopsy can be done by the specialist. ...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 is the treatment for intraocular melanoma?

What is the treatment for intraocular melanoma?

Radiation or surgery: If the tumor has not spread, most people are treated with surgery or localized radiation. The decision on which treatment is generally made by a specialist in the area. ...Read more

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Is there a drug treatment for melanoma?

Yes: It has been an exciting year in melanoma. There were two new melanoma drugs approved last year and one of these agents was able to demonstrate a survival benefit, something which has not been demonstrated in over 20 years. ...Read more

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Can chemo drugs do anything in my case (melanoma)?

Can chemo drugs do anything in my case (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

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Does all melanoma require lymph node biopsy and drug treatment?

Does all melanoma require lymph node biopsy and drug treatment?

Nope: Only melanomas that are thicker than 1mm or with worrisome features require a lymph node biopsy. Drug therapy is reserved for patients with metastatic melanoma. ...Read more

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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 more

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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

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 more

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Can melanoma show up overnite?

NO: It's been there; you just never noticed it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about melanoma?

Can you tell me about melanoma?

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

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How common is melanoma under 5mm?

How common is melanoma under 5mm?

Not common: But possible, especially if it is growing and has characteristic appearance. It is best to show it to your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can anybody tell me what melanomas?

Can anybody tell me what melanomas?

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

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How many people under 18 has melanoma?

How many people under 18 has melanoma?

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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I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

I had melanoma 9 years ago...What are the chances of it returning again?

Varies: At this point you are probably more at risk for developing a new melanoma than the original coming back. Remember to wear sunblock and limit your exposure to uv radiation and continue to see your friendly dermatologist for routine skin examinations. ...Read more

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Can surgery repair melanoma?

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 more

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Is nodule melanoma common under 30?

Is nodule melanoma common under 30?

It does occur: Melanoma is a Cancer of the young people, so yet it does occur in 20 to 30 to 40 year olds. Get yourself checked by a dermatologist if you have anything suspicious. ...Read more

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Could sun at the beach cause melanoma?

Depends On Skin Type: Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers. Your risk of melanoma with sun exposure depends on your skin type. Skin that burns easily and never tans has a higher risk of developing melanoma than skin that is dark and almost never burns. As a rule, you should always wear sunscreen when exposed to the sun. Not only will that decrease your risk of melanoma, it also prevents premature aging. ...Read more

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How likely is a cure for 1.3mm melanoma?

See your doctor: See your doctor or dermatologist or plastic surgeon a s a p. Don't waste any time with melanoma (if it is melanoma). ...Read more

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How is stage 3 melanoma typically treated?

Surgery + immunoRx: Stage iii melanoma is usually where the regional lymph nodes are involved. The most common treatment is surgical removal of the lymph nodes, sometimes followed by additional treatments ("adjuvant") with immunotherapy, particularly interferons. There are also experimental drugs being tested. Some patients may receive radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What are the best possible ways to prevent melanoma?

Sunscreen+avoidance: It is generally thought that the best way to prevent melanoma is to avoid excessive sun exposure and to use sunscreen. However those measures will not completely protect someone from developing melanoma, particularly if they have sun sensitive skin or a family history or skin cancer or melanoma. ...Read more

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Is it possible for melanoma to kill you at any time?

Melanoma: Can spread. The chance of it spreading to other organs is greater the deeper the melanoma grows. That is why catching it early is important. Once it spreads, it can be deadly. ...Read more

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What is the length of time before melanoma metastasizes?

Variable: Early melanoma may be surgically cured and never metastasize. Melanoma with poor risk features such as deep, ulcerated, or involving lymph nodes has a higher risk of metastasizing. Additionally, new melanomas may form on someone that has already developed one. Followup with your dermatologist, surgeon, etc. Is recommended to find any early and decrease risk. ...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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Melanoma and lupus related?

Melanoma and lupus related?

Autoimmune, malignanc: Malignant melanoma is a malignant skin cancer that can metastasize. It is seen in pigmented skin lesions. Lupus is an abnormal body response that forms antibodies that can harm vital organs and skin. ...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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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. 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


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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