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Nodes Affected Melanoma
Hopefully none: If caught early enough, no nodes will be involved, and excision of the cancer site will be curative. Sentinal lymph node biopsy can be helpful to determine if a more extensive lymph node removal needs to be considered. Seek out an established melanoma treatment center or at least a surgeon well versed in melanoma treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Skin and retina: Malignant melanomas most commonly develop in the skin as the cell of origin, the melanocytes, are most numerous in the skin. However, there are also some cases of retinal melanomas. These are only detected by routine eye exams. This is why, in addition to routine skin checks, we also encourage sunglasses and yearly eye checks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: The most visually striking are dark and black when cut open. Amelanotic melanomas may be non pigmented. Sizes vary from microscopic to huge. They may bulge from skin or not be palpable. Diagnosis requires biopsy. Sometimes fine needle aspiration will suffice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
If melanoma has spread to the lungs, what symptoms the person will have? And will a lymph node swell? If yes where?
Sometimes none: Melanoma that has spread to the lung does not always have associated symptoms. The patient may be a symptomatic but has evidence of spread noted on chest x-ray or ct scan obtained for other reasons. When there are symptoms, these can be cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, bloody sputum and pain with deep breathing. Lymph nodes in the mediastinum (the space between your lungs) can be enlarged. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would melanoma from upper arm (pt2a 1.3mm superficial spreading, no ulceration) spread to node under chin?
Melanoma in situ, tigh, WLE a week ago. Now pain in the tigh and groin, can feel a lymph node. Is A reaction to the surgery? Or melanoma spread?
Needs monitoring: You are right, it may be a reaction to recent surgery or(less likely) there can be melanoma spread into your lymph node. Only time will tell you which possibility it is. If the nodes are enlarged due to reaction to surgery(or infection), then they will settle down and decrease in size in 4-6 weeks. So keep an eye and check the size of the node once weekly and see if they decrease or increase . ...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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