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Cbc was normal except RBC @ 5.13 Mcv@ 79.9 dr checked ferritin and it's low. Previous melanoma removal 9/1/13 platelet @ 487. Now its 599. Please Help?

Cbc was normal except RBC @ 5.13 Mcv@ 79.9 dr checked ferritin and it's low. Previous melanoma removal 9/1/13 platelet @ 487. Now its 599. Please Help?

Not sure: I know what you need help with. Your platelets are certainly adequate and not yet high enough to be concerned about but should be repeated in a moth or so. Otherwise do yo have a specific question? ...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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Does perlane work to plump up surgical scars? I have a small depression on my cheek, next to my nose from a melanoma removal. I did have a plastic surgeon do the surgery, but apparently he had to go deeper than we thought to make sure he got it all. Would

Does perlane work to plump up surgical scars? I have a small depression on my cheek, next to my nose from a melanoma removal. I did have a plastic surgeon do the surgery, but apparently he had to go deeper than we thought to make sure he got it all. Would

Facial : Facial fillers such as restylane, (dermal fillers) collagen, perlane, sculptra and even your own tissues taken from another part of your body (fat injections) are commonly used to fill out wrinkled or uneven areas of the face. Be sure to discuss your options with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine the best option to help make your cheek depression from the melanoma removal less noticeable. ...Read more

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My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. His is 3mm deep. Having removal surgery & lymph node testing. What's his chance to be ok? So upset

My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. His is 3mm deep. Having removal surgery & lymph node testing. What's his chance to be ok? So upset

Fair: Malignant melanoma is an aggressive tumor, the potential for spread being volume of the lesion. This is measured by length x width followed by thickness. The thicker the lesion >2mm the greater the chance for spread. Ulceration also a poor prognostic finding. A small 3x4 mm lesion wont spread as a 3x4 cm lesion, so size and thickness count. Margins > 2 cm around resection important. ...Read more

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After the removal of a stage 0 melanoma on face, the stitches were removed. The wound opened up and is opening up more. I don't want a bad scar. What should I do?

After the removal of a stage 0 melanoma on face, the stitches were removed. The wound opened up and is opening up more. I don't want a bad scar. What should I do?

Return for follow up: Return to your treating surgeon for evaluation of the wound. If there are no signs of infection, he may be able to reinforce the closure with steri-strips to minimize further spread. He can advise you how to get the optimal scar. ...Read more

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After the surgical removal of the melanoma, will I need a skin graft?

Maybe: The reconstruction after excision of a melanoma depends on the size and depth of the lesion as well as the location. Small lesions may be closed primarily while other lesions may need a local flap to close them. For larger defects, one may need a skin graft. ...Read more

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After surgery to remove lymphatic vessels associated with the removal of a melanoma, what condidtion can be expected?

After surgery to remove lymphatic vessels associated with the removal of a melanoma, what condidtion can be expected?

Lymphedema: After removing lymph nodes from the axilla (armpit) or groin for melanoma, the biggest risk is lymphedema or swelling of the extremity. This is more common in the leg than the arm. It can occur shortly after surgery or years later and prevention involves some lifestyle changes. It can be managed in most cases with physical therapy, massage and compression garments. ...Read more

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Dermatologist referred me to plastic surgeon for suspicious scalp lesion removal. Was that for cosmetic reasons or because they suspect melanoma?

Scalp Lesion: No way for me to know that based on sketchy information; be sure to ask the surgeon for the reason for the referral and discuss in depth. If the lesion is to be removed by the surgeon, the definitive diagnosis will be made by the consulting pathologist. No reason for undo alarm until you know more facts. Remember that even melanomas, caught in early stages, are highly curable. ...Read more

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I had laser hair removal on my arm and now my mole looks puffed up, could this be a melanoma?

I had laser hair removal on my arm and now my mole looks puffed up, could this be a melanoma?

Unlikely: Laser treatment will not cause a melanoma. The mole I assume was in the area where the hairs were lasered and probably received some of the energy and got a little inflamed. If it were a melanoma , then it would have had to been that way prior to the laser treatment. ...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