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Whats difference in approach by pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric oncology, pediatric general surgery?

Whats difference in approach by pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric oncology, pediatric general surgery?

DifferentSpecialties: Each of the doctors mentioned underwent separate residencies focused on their areas of interest. While there may be overlap in particular diseases treated, they would work together to provide optimal care. For example, a pediatric surgeon may be responsible for the surgical removal of a tumor and the oncologist would be responsible for coordinating chemotherapy. ...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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What careers involve pediatric cancer?

What careers involve pediatric cancer?

It takes a village..: In addition to md specialists, there are many who help provide care for a child with cancer. A partial list includes oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, social workers, medical assistants, child life specialists and researchers (basic science, translational medicine, epidemiology). ...Read more

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Pathology moderate atypical dysplastic nevus, recommend further excision. Is this cancer/melanoma?

Pathology moderate atypical dysplastic nevus, recommend further excision. Is this cancer/melanoma?

Not yet: It may develop into a malignancy but is not yet. The borders may be incompletely excused, or te pathologist may feel that a wide enough clear margin has not been achieved. ...Read more

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What is pediatric neurology doctor and pediatric oncologist?

What  is pediatric neurology doctor and pediatric oncologist?

Interesting!: I'm wondering about the reason for your question. The one place they will commonly overlap is in treatment of childhood brain tumors. Both pediatric neurologists and pediatric oncologists become pediatric neuro-oncologists, doctors who specialize in brain tumor treatment. And in my experience, they both do an excellent job of it! ...Read more

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Do pediatric oncology nurses make about the same as pediatric oncolgist?

Do pediatric oncology nurses make about the same as pediatric oncolgist?

No: Pediatric oncologists are doctors (4 years of medical school after college) with training in pediatrics (3 year residency after medical school) and pediatric hematology/oncology (3 year fellowship after residency). Pediatric oncology nurses usually have 4 years of college (some 2 years, some master degrees with 6 years). Not surprisingly, the doctor makes more than the nurse. ...Read more

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Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Yes and No: Certain genetic conditions may predispose someone to malignant melanoma. But there are certainly things that can be done to boost one's immune system to fight cancers. And those with irregular moles should be seen at least yearly by their doctor or dermatologist to remove suspicious moles. Therefore, preventing a metastatic process. ...Read more

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Renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) at 83years. Would u recommend surgery?

Renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) at 83years. Would u recommend surgery?

More info needed: Yes but just because 83 yr old you don't write of people in cancer treatment , could be very healthy 83 , stage of the disease, health status , patient's own desire etc are all the factors to consider, for aggressive treatment, of course end stage, disease palliation and hospice care , make as comfortable as possible is the option at any age. ...Read more

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Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma.Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma.Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read more

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Are there specialists in pediatric radiation oncology?

Are there specialists in pediatric radiation oncology?

Yes: While there is no formal fellowship for pediatric radiation oncology there are people who have a focus in treating pediatric patients. These physicians are most commonly at academic centers as opposed to in private practice. ...Read more

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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read more

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Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Ability to travel: Basal cell carcinoma usually is limited to the site of disease. While it is possible for basal cell to metastasize it is very rare. In contrast melanoma travels through the lymphatic system and can form tumors in any location of the body. ...Read more

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What is dysplastic nevus as compared to melanoma?

What is dysplastic nevus as compared to melanoma?

You have asked...: ...One of the most controversial questions in dermatology. One faction believes that dysplastic nevi are precursors of melanomas, and should be excised before they become melanomas. Another faction believes dysplastic nevi are benign moles that never become melanomas. There is evidence to support both arguments. ...Read more

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Best institution for experimental protocol to add to nexavar (sorafenib) for metastatic HCC - 34 yo Asian male, s/p omental resection?

Best institution for experimental protocol to add to nexavar (sorafenib) for metastatic HCC - 34 yo Asian male, s/p omental resection?

Many: The top Cancer Centers are located in Houston(MD Anderson) and New York(Sloan Kettering Center. Tell us which state you live in, we might be able to help you find someone closer to your home ...Read more

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Is melanoma genetic?

Is melanoma genetic?

Sometimes: There are a portion of melanomas that have a genetic inheritance, e.G, the dysplastic nevus syndrome. We are not yet certain about exactly how the inheritance works for this. Other rare inherited conditions also increase the risk of melanoma and other cancers too. Finally, there are a large number of melanomas that have no inherited predispostion as well. ...Read more

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Mri shows benign looking 1.6 cm supraclavicular node-dr recommends I see hemotologist oncologist. Possibly malignant even if benign looking? Lymphoma?

Mri shows benign looking 1.6 cm supraclavicular node-dr recommends I see hemotologist oncologist. Possibly malignant even if benign looking? Lymphoma?

Excision.: If this node is easily accessible, then it should be removed for definitive diagnosis. Tests like ultrasound and MRI can suggest benignity or malignancy, but taking it out and sending it to the lab would give us the most accurate and reliable answer. Bring the MRI to a surgeon and see about having it removed. ...Read more

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Who should undergo genetic counseling for hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (hnpcc)?

Who should undergo genetic counseling for hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (hnpcc)?

Family history: There are a number of different inherited defects that cause hnpcc. A person with strong family history of colon cancer, occurring at a young age should seek counseling. ...Read more

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Is every glioma malignant?

Is every glioma malignant?

No: Glioma is a broad term that refers to cancers in the brain. Many are malignant but some are benign. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Chad Rudnick
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Pediatrics (Definition)

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