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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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If melanoma has spread to the lungs, what symptoms the person will have? And will a lymph node swell? If yes where?

If melanoma has spread to the lungs, what symptoms the person will have? And will a lymph node swell? If yes where?

Sometimes none: Melanoma that has spread to the lung does not always have associated symptoms. The patient may be a symptomatic but has evidence of spread noted on chest x-ray or ct scan obtained for other reasons. When there are symptoms, these can be cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, bloody sputum and pain with deep breathing. Lymph nodes in the mediastinum (the space between your lungs) can be enlarged. ...Read more

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My dad has stage4 melanoma that spread to the lungs, gall bladder, bladder& brain, age 71 has diabetes, what are his survival rates?

My dad has stage4 melanoma that spread to the lungs, gall bladder, bladder& brain, age 71 has diabetes, what are his survival rates?

Too many Variables: I am sorry to hear of your family's struggled. But we do not have any concrete information about your father's health condition. This is a question to ask of his doctors directly. ...Read more

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Any info in regards to melanoma spreading to the lungs?

It can: Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that if caught late can travel to other areas of the body and frequently will spread to the lungs and several other organs. Once diagnosed, the likelihood of cancer spread depends mostly on the depth of the melanoma when removed. If indicated, ct scan and or pet scans are typically done to check the lungs and other organs. ...Read more

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How could I have developed skin cancer (melanoma) on my lung?

How could I have developed skin cancer (melanoma) on my lung?

Spread in blood: Cancer can spread to other areas through the lymphatics to lymph nodes or directly invade the blood stream and float and pumped to other areas of the body. Therefore melanoma is a very dangerous cancer where the slightest growth deep into the skin ends up getting into the blood stream. Its a strange disease though as the original melanoma may be resected years before it shows up in other organs. ...Read more

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Methastasic melanoma, liver and lungs, what are the chances of survival with treatment?

Methastasic melanoma, liver and lungs, what are the chances of survival with treatment?

Depends: It depends on how many metastatic tumors are present, if they can be removed with an operation (ask your surgeon), and what kind of chemotherapy you are eligible for based on the genetic analysis of your melanoma tumor. Generally metastatic melanoma has a very limited survival, but within the last 2 years or so there are at least 2 very promising drugs that have improved this somewhat. ...Read more

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Is metastatic melanoma cancer of the lungs usually terminal or survivable?

Is metastatic melanoma cancer of the lungs usually terminal or survivable?

Very serious: Melanoma's response to 21st century treatment is so unpredictable that even lung metastases, which until recently did mean certain death eventually, might perhaps be compatible with long-term survival. ...Read more

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Is melanoma cancer in the lung one that is hard to get rid of?

Yes it is: Melanoma starts in the skin or mucosa. If it spreads to the lung it is very serious. Some times surgery can be done to remove the melanoma from the lung. Some melanomas are susceptible to a new chemotherapy. It is best to treat melanoma while it is confined to the skin. Early treatment is curable. ...Read more

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Can a normal X-ray of the back and chest show if a melanoma has spread?

Sometimes: A chest xray can show nodules in the chest and is used as part of follow-up. The ct scan and the pet scan are more specific tests when metastasis is suspected. For follow up after initial surgery the nccn has an excellent guide for patients. It helps to decide what tests are appropriate and what ones are not needed. We don't want to over irradiate people in follow-up. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...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