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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
I have suspected metastatic tumor in liver (7.7cm via mri) from choroidal melanoma. My lft's are low. Are lft's significant and relevant? Is a low lft count good/bad? I am awaiting biopsy results.
Choroidal melanoma (1994). No issues since treatment til now. U/s shows 2 spots liver (8.2cm/2.1cm), waiting on mri. If cancer would this likely be considered metastasized from original cancer?
It depends...: If the lesion is suspicious for malignancy by mri, your doctor most likely will schedule a biopsy. The pathologist who reads the biopsy will decide the cell type that is there. If the cell type is melanoma, then it will be considered a metastasis. Many other different cell types can be seen in liver biopsies. If it is a new cell type (carcinoma, lymphoma, or sarcoma), it would be a new cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on risk: Depending on the melanoma characteristics and depth of the lesion, a wide local resection is performed to remove the melanoma, lymph nodes may be sampled through a procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy. And possibly further imaging will be ordered, such as a brain mri, ct scan, and a pet scan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm 41 y/o F, stage 4 met Melanoma. On Zelboraf & Mekinist. ESR of 85 & C-Reactive Protein 10. Can meds cause this??
Unrelated: ESR and C-reactive protein are laboratory values that are usually not very helpful in following patients with metastatic melanoma. Generally, scans such as CT or MRI are more helpful. Some patients do have an elevation in a laboratory value called LDH which can be helpful to follow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have history of melanoma and recently been getting headaches all the time behind my eye and base of neck. I can feel huge bump there. Is it related?
It could be: Melanoma can spread pretty much to everywhere-including brain, eyes, bones etc. You should go to see your md as soon as possible and have youself checked. You would definitely need o get some imagings done-like MRI to brain and perhaps also other imaging such as ct scan as indicated. Your pmd can refer you to see a see a specialist ( oncologist) for further evaluation and management. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Radiation or surgery: Eye melanoma, or ocular melanoma is treated by either removal of the entire eye, or by radiation to the eye. It really depends on the extent of the melanoma. This type of melanoma frequently spreads to the liver, so a ct or MRI of the liver should be obtained. I recommend seeing someone who specializes in this type of cancer due to its relative rarity and severity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...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
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