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Could a teenage resist treatment for stage 4 metastatic melenoma with mets to brain, liver and skin?
Unsure of question: I'm not sure I'm reading your question correctly. Are you asking if a teenager can REFUSE treatment? It depends upon age of the teenager and the state they live in. If your question is can a teenager be "resistant" to treatment, meaning the treatment won't have much likelihood of working, the answer is yes. How sad- stage 4 melanoma is very rare in teens - I don't think I've ever heard of a case. ...Read more
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more
Recurrent Melanoma: This is a condition that requires in many cases agressive care with an oncologist and surgeon team with a special interest with melanoma treatment. Often a University Affiliated program with specific treatment protocols are of beneift. Seeking a second opinion by an expert that specializes in Melanoma treatment is helpful. ...Read more
Depends: Currently, surgical excision is the standard of care. However, depending on the stage of a patient's melanoma there are some new treatments that may show promise for the future. Vemurafenib is one such treatment, but it is used in a very specific set of patients. Melanoma vaccines are also theoretically possible but have not been very successful to date. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unusual, but: Without knowing many more details it's impossible to guess - bt strange single cases do occur. Each person must deal w/ such a Dx in their best way and with the support of good doctors if possible. ...Read more
Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma? Is it a fully approved treatment yet? Thanks
Depend on stage: Surgery is the only curative therapy for early stage melanoma (the 5- and 10-year survivals are: 97% and 95% for stage ia, 92 and 86% for stage ib, 81 and 67% for stage iia, 70 and 57% for stage iib, 78% and 68% for stage iiia, 59 and 43% for stage iiib, 40 and 24% for stage iiic). For stage IV or metastatic disease, cure is rare, and is seen mainly with immunotherapy such as high dose il2 or ipi. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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