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Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Ask your specialist: That is a very specific question which can't be answered without a lot of information which we can't share in a forum like this. Seek out an institution and physician team with experience in ocular melanoma. Best wishes! ...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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Could you have a melanoma brain tumor as a primary source?

Could you have a melanoma brain tumor as a primary source?

Rare: While possible, it is exceedingly rare. It is far more common for it to be metastatic disease from a cutaneous source. ...Read more

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Melanoma means "black tumor" are the majority of them dark in color? Also, are they always more than one color?

Melanoma means "black tumor" are the majority of them dark in color? 

Also, are they always more than one color?

While that: Is the direct translation - it is only a generalization. Melanomas can present in multiple colors, or even be pale. If you have a suspicious area, see your local dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the types of tumors for melanoma?

What are the types of tumors for melanoma?

4 main types: Most melanomas are called superficial spreading. Theyt tend to start by growing in the top planes of the skin and then go deeper. Nodular melanomas begin their vertical growth phase (burrowing deeper) earlier. Lentigo maligna are often on the face in the elderly and may be large. Acral lentiginous melanomas begin in fingers or toes and sometimes in the nonpigmented areas in dark-skinned people. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with melanoma in situ 1 year ago. Tumor and margins were removed. What are my chances of reoccurance or developing a second primary? Scared

Diagnosed with melanoma in situ 1 year ago. Tumor and margins were removed.  What are my chances of reoccurance or developing a second primary? Scared

High: Keep a very close eye on your skin, learn what early melanoma looks like, and get every worrisome lesion off without delay. This will probably save your life. ...Read more

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My mom is getting a CT scan for a mass, which might be a tumor, and she has melanoma; what are her choices?

My mom is getting a CT scan for a mass, which might be a tumor, and she has melanoma; what are her choices?

First evaluate mass: The mass may be normal and benign or malignant and a metastasis. Complete her evaluation and diagnostic studies tomhelpmdetermine the right course of action once more information is obtained. ...Read more

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My mom died of brain tumor that was cancer, is it herietary and I also had melanoma skin cancer 3 years ago, does my chances increase because of it?

My mom died of brain tumor that was cancer, is it herietary and I also had melanoma skin cancer 3 years ago, does my chances increase because of it?

Unclear: It is unclear how this is known to be hereditary. The place to start is meeting with a genetic counselor to understand the family history and any (?) testing (not always needed) that may be done. ...Read more

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Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Many: First the otc products. These include toothpaste and rinse as well as the whitening strips. These along with good oral hygiene can get you a few shades lighter if you do not have dark/deep stains. Professional products include in-office, "power", bleaching as well as take home trays. The trays are typically a sufficent option and will get you up to 8-10 shades lighter. ...Read more

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Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Four basic types: 1) modular 2) superficial spreading 3) acral lentiginous 3) lentigo maligna are the four most basic types. Although usually pigmented not all melanomas are brown in appearance. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer cause a tumors in the body far away from the actual skin lesion?

Can skin cancer cause a tumors in the body far away from the actual skin lesion?

It's possible: Particularly for melanoma, one of the more aggressive types of skin cancer, tumors can sometimes occur in various areas of the body relatively far away from the original skin lesion. Sometimes a "sentinel" lymph node close to the original lesion is removed to check for early spread. However, for types of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, it is highly unlikely. ...Read more

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Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Neither: Acrochordons are a fancy name for skin tags, which are benign (not cancerous) growths that tend to occur as we age. They can often be found on the neck, armpits, and groin-- pretty much anywhere where the skin tends to rub. No one knows what causes them, but they are definitely not dangerous. Many things can look like skin tags though, so best to see your dermatologist to check them out. ...Read more

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With doc finding 2x3cm tumor near pul vien, spine, aorta area do I ask for biopsy no matter what they find on cat next week? Had melonoma & cervical b4.

With doc finding 2x3cm tumor near pul vien, spine, aorta area do I ask for biopsy no matter what they find on cat next week? Had melonoma & cervical b4.

Biopsy is reasonable: Based on the information you provided, a biopsy is certainly reasonable. There would be 3 ways you could get a biopsy. One would be an endoscopic ultrasound (eus), another would be a ct-guided biopsy, and the last would be a thorascopic (surgical) biopsy. Check with your oncologist and surgeon to see what is the safest method for you. ...Read more

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Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

No: Sk's are nonmalignant tumors, nor are they premalignant. They often grow on sun damaged skin, so they often show up in the same areas which are at risk for skin cancers. Sk's require no treatment. See a md for eval & diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is a seborrheic keratosis is a malignant skin cancer tumor or benign?

Is a seborrheic keratosis is a malignant skin cancer tumor or benign?

Benign: Sk's are easily confused for skin cancers due to their large size, irregular shape, and being multicolored. A trained dermatologist can easily spot the difference but very confusing for patients and other doctors. People can have hundreds or even thousands of sk's on their body and they are all benign. But having these cover the body may make it difficult to monitor for skin cancers. ...Read more

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Greetings, is retinyl palmitate safe to use on skin/face? Does it really cause skin cancer,tumors when exposed to sunlight during its usage? Thanks

Greetings, is retinyl palmitate safe to use on skin/face? Does it really cause skin cancer,tumors when exposed to sunlight during its usage? Thanks

Yes: it is safe to use and does not cause cancer but will increase sun sensitivity especially in those with light skin At your age it is probably not necessary to use it since you too young to worry about skin elasticity Spend your money on a good sun block and use it See consumer. Reports for suggestions ...Read more

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What is a melanoma?

What is a melanoma?

A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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