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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
906 doctors shared insights

Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me if there are alternative treatments for skin cancer?

Can you tell me if there are alternative treatments for skin cancer?

Skin Cancer: The primary treatment for most types of skin cancer is surgical removal by wide local excision. Moh's micrographic surgery may be used in certain circumstances for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. Melanoma may require very aggressive surgery. Non-surgical treatment of skin cancer has lower cure rates and is reserved for patients too elderly or unhealthy to undergo surgery. ...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?

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 is treatment for a subungual melanoma?

Surgical removal: Treatment of melanoma generally involves surgical removal of the lesion, examination of the regional lymph nodes to assess for spread. For more info see this site. http://www.dermnetnz.org/hair-nails-sweat/melanoma-nailunit.html. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of melanoma?

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 more

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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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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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