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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)

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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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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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)

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