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Melanoma Alternative Treatment
Adjuncts only: If you ignore surgery for melanoma, you will pay for your mistake with your life. If you are interested in vitamins, botanicals and so forth, remember these are only adjuncts. I am not sure I would accept some of therapies for advanced disease that give only a small survival advantage, but I would not pay a conspiracy or natural-medicine talker for telling me untruths. Be savvy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more
Recurrent Melanoma: This is a condition that requires in many cases agressive care with an oncologist and surgeon team with a special interest with melanoma treatment. Often a University Affiliated program with specific treatment protocols are of beneift. Seeking a second opinion by an expert that specializes in Melanoma treatment is helpful. ...Read more
Depends: Currently, surgical excision is the standard of care. However, depending on the stage of a patient's melanoma there are some new treatments that may show promise for the future. Vemurafenib is one such treatment, but it is used in a very specific set of patients. Melanoma vaccines are also theoretically possible but have not been very successful to date. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unusual, but: Without knowing many more details it's impossible to guess - bt strange single cases do occur. Each person must deal w/ such a Dx in their best way and with the support of good doctors if possible. ...Read more
Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma? Is it a fully approved treatment yet? Thanks
Depend on stage: Surgery is the only curative therapy for early stage melanoma (the 5- and 10-year survivals are: 97% and 95% for stage ia, 92 and 86% for stage ib, 81 and 67% for stage iia, 70 and 57% for stage iib, 78% and 68% for stage iiia, 59 and 43% for stage iiib, 40 and 24% for stage iiic). For stage IV or metastatic disease, cure is rare, and is seen mainly with immunotherapy such as high dose il2 or ipi. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more
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