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What is the life expectancy for a patient with stage 3 or 4 melanoma?

What is the life expectancy for a patient with stage 3 or 4 melanoma?

Variable: There are several things that help estimate: - how long ago was the initial melanoma diagnosed? - how extensive are the lymph node and the distant metastases? - is the melanoma in areas that can be treated surgically? - are you healthy enough to get chemotherapy some patients have a rapid decline, but others every 3-4 years have a new melanoma metastasis show up & are otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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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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How many documented melanoma deaths with patients on enbrel (etanercept)?

How many documented melanoma deaths with patients on enbrel (etanercept)?

Not knowable: I appreciate your concern, but this is the kind of data that can't be obtained by any means. Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunomodulator that may suppress the immune response which has a small impact on melanoma progress; it's also given for psoriasis in which the skin cancer risk is already up. It's worth the risk; do keep a close eye on your skin so that skin cancers get rx'd early & there' s no risk of death. ...Read more

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What are metastatic melanoma patients chance sof survival through chemotherapy?

What are metastatic melanoma patients chance sof survival through chemotherapy?

Variable: Depends on how much spread, were e it spread to, and if you are a candidate for chemotherapy. Can be either monthscor multiple years! ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is anything (besides chemo/surgery) that can help a patient with stage 3 melanoma?

Please let me know if there is anything (besides chemo/surgery) that can help a patient with stage 3 melanoma?

It depends: Stage 3 melanoma can be low risk(microscopic lymph nodes involved) or it can be high risk if there are multiple grossly positive nodes, removed with surgery. Adjuvan therapy is indicated especially if more than one node was affected with metastatic melanoma. High dose interferon is one proven beneficial therapy advised for stage 3 meklanoma. There are new drugs which are in clinical trials, seek th. ...Read more

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The internet is keep telling stories about Dermatologist missing or making the diagnosisis on melanoma patients! Is that true? Cuz I'm a hypochondriac

Hypochondrasis: I understand your Anxiety Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds, and due to which all systems, your skin are functioning. With objective mind, see if you are misinterpreting some condition of skin as Melanoma; how much energy you have spent in checking on internet and brooding about it. See a Dermatologist and a Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What causes a BRAF mutation in melanoma patients? Is it UV or is it family genetics?

What causes a BRAF mutation in melanoma patients?  Is it UV or is it family genetics?

Probably both: UV radiation and family genetics probably both play a role in BRAF genetics. To lower your risk of developing melanoma, it is best to limit your exposure to UV radiation and to know your family history. If your family history increases your risk, you should see your dermatologist a few times a year for skin cancer screening. Melanoma that is caught early is highly treatable. ...Read more

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Might malignant melanomas cause weight loss in cancer patients?

Might malignant melanomas cause weight loss in cancer patients?

If large can consume: Melanomas, like any cancer, will consume calories at the expense of healthy tissue in addition to suppressing appetite. ...Read more

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Would a pa in skin center do shave biopsy for melanoma by appearance after a skin check? Or would the patient be referred to an MD in dermatology

Would a pa in skin center do shave biopsy for melanoma by appearance after a skin check? Or would the patient be referred to an MD in dermatology

Shave biopsy-Mole?: It requires experience and good judgement before a mole is considered for a biopsy. There has to be sufficient risk of the mole being a Melanoma. Indiscriminate excisons are wasteful of resources. So I do not think this procedure should be done by a PA or any physician other than a experienced Dermatologist. Moreover a shave biopsy for Melanoma is considered a poor choice over an excisional biop ...Read more

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Florida has a high amount of people with skin cancer. Does this mean some of these cancer patients will need chemotherapy?

Florida has a high amount of people with skin cancer. Does this mean some of these cancer patients will need chemotherapy?

Metastatic melanoma: Squamous and basal cell skin cancers are almost always cured by excision. These make up the large majority of Florida skin cancers .There are malignant melanomas that went unnoticed for too long and have spread / metastasized often benefit from chemotherapy, especially a remarkable new agent. ...Read more

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


Dr. Chad Rudnick
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Pediatrics (Definition)

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