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What are some alternative treatments for melanoma?

What are some alternative treatments for melanoma?

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 more

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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 best new treatment for melanoma?

What is the best new treatment for melanoma?

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 more

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What are the symptoms without treatment having melanoma?

What are the symptoms without treatment having melanoma?

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 more

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A person survived melanoma without treatment for 20 years?

A person survived melanoma without treatment for 20 years?

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

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What are the chances of living with no treatment on stage4 melanoma?

What are the chances of living with no treatment on stage4 melanoma?

Stage IV: Without treatment stage IV melanoma has a very bad prognosis. Especially if the cancer has spread to the internal organs or brain. Even with treatment cure are very rare. Melanoma is best treated with surgery at an early stage. Early melanoma can be cured with surgery. ...Read more

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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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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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Please describe treatment options for metastatic melanoma?

Please describe treatment options for metastatic melanoma?

SOC vs. trial: I agree with dr. Ho about standard of care (soc) options vs. Clinical trial. One online way to evaluate clinical trials based on tumor biomarkers in melanoma is here: http://www.Collabrx.Com/melanoma. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for somebody with metastatic melanoma?

Melanoma treatment: The options would include- standard of care treatment vs clinical trials. Standard of care will include: ipilimumab ( yervoy) vs vemurafenib (zelboraf) if there is mutated b-raf receptor on melanoma cells vs il-2 for a very limited type of patients vs palliative care ( hospice ). See more info at www.Cancer.Gov and/or www.Nccn.Com.Discuss with you oncologist the best option for you. ...Read more

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Is the cancer likely to recur following treatment? What steps can I take to reduce the risk of additional new melanomas?

Frequent skin checks: Indeed having a personal history of melanoma increases your risk of developing a second melanoma. Statistics have shown at least nine times higher risk than the general population, approximately 11% will develop a second melanoma in 5 years. The 2nd tends to be at an earlier stage likely because of close observation, again highlighting the importance of frequent routine skin checks. ...Read more

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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. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Therapy (Definition)

Certain exercises, called "breech" exercises have a mild degree of success. Acupuncture also has ...Read more