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Doctor insights on: Prognosis For Melanoma That Has Spread To Bones And Lungs

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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If melanoma has spread to the lungs, what symptoms the person will have? And will a lymph node swell? If yes where?

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 more

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My dad has stage4 melanoma that spread to the lungs, gall bladder, bladder& brain, age 71 has diabetes, what are his survival rates?

My dad has stage4 melanoma that spread to the lungs, gall bladder, bladder& brain, age 71 has diabetes, what are his survival rates?

Too many Variables: I am sorry to hear of your family's struggled. But we do not have any concrete information about your father's health condition. This is a question to ask of his doctors directly. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back, im afraid its melanoma, and im afraid that its spread. I did X-ray of my back and chest, will it show if there is melanoma?

I have a mole on my back, im afraid its melanoma, and im afraid that its spread. I did X-ray of my back and chest, will it show if there is melanoma?

Need to see a doctor: The xray will probably not help. You need to have a doctor skilled at identifying and treating skin abnormalities look at the mole. Your best bet would be to see your primary doctor or a dermatologist.
Is there something about this mole that has you concerned? The american cancer society has some good information about skin cancer: http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/overviewguid. ...Read more

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Can a normal X-ray of the back and chest show if a melanoma has spread?

Can a normal X-ray of the back and chest show if a melanoma has spread?

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 more

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Malignant melanoma causing hot spots on bone scan?

Malignant melanoma causing hot spots on bone scan?

Possible: Melanoma does have the ability to travel to bone and would show up on a bone scan. However other processes (non-malignant) can also also light up on a bone scan. Only a biopsy could tell for certain. ...Read more

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How could I have developed skin cancer (melanoma) on my lung?

How could I have developed skin cancer (melanoma) on my lung?

Spread in blood: Cancer can spread to other areas through the lymphatics to lymph nodes or directly invade the blood stream and float and pumped to other areas of the body. Therefore melanoma is a very dangerous cancer where the slightest growth deep into the skin ends up getting into the blood stream. Its a strange disease though as the original melanoma may be resected years before it shows up in other organs. ...Read more

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Methastasic melanoma, liver and lungs, what are the chances of survival with treatment?

Methastasic melanoma, liver and lungs, what are the chances of survival with treatment?

Depends: It depends on how many metastatic tumors are present, if they can be removed with an operation (ask your surgeon), and what kind of chemotherapy you are eligible for based on the genetic analysis of your melanoma tumor. Generally metastatic melanoma has a very limited survival, but within the last 2 years or so there are at least 2 very promising drugs that have improved this somewhat. ...Read more

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Is metastatic melanoma cancer of the lungs usually terminal or survivable?

Is metastatic melanoma cancer of the lungs usually terminal or survivable?

Varies: This depends if the metastatic disease can be removed surgically. The best chance at survival depends on removal of all the disease. ...Read more

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Is melanoma cancer in the lung one that is hard to get rid of?

Yes it is: Melanoma starts in the skin or mucosa. If it spreads to the lung it is very serious. Some times surgery can be done to remove the melanoma from the lung. Some melanomas are susceptible to a new chemotherapy. It is best to treat melanoma while it is confined to the skin. Early treatment is curable. ...Read more

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Any info in regards to melanoma spreading to the lungs?

Any info in regards to melanoma spreading to the lungs?

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 more

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My dad has stage 4 lung cancer spread from one lung to two, also spread to bones, prognosis poor. Aprox long does he have to live? Thanks.

My dad has stage 4 lung cancer spread from one lung to two, also spread to bones, prognosis poor. Aprox long does he have to live? Thanks.

Stage 4 lung cancer: If he is not on any treatment, not very long, measured in weeks to months. If he is already on treatment, how long depends on whether he had any response to a treatment. If the chemo gave him some relief for 6 months or more, then that is better than if he received chemo and relapsed in less than 2 months. ...Read more

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I have a small mole on my chest I have picked at the past couple days. Can this lead to or cause melanoma? I'm a little spooked. What can I do?

I have a small mole on my chest I have picked at the past couple days. Can this lead to or cause melanoma? I'm a little spooked. What can I do?

Melanoma: If you have concerns about a pigmented lesion you should see your primary care doctor or a dermatologist. What did this mole look like? Was it round/oval and well defined? Any changes in size or color?
https://www. Aad. Org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/melanoma/signs-symptoms ...Read more

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Mole on hubbys chest that has a dark spot on it then I remember. He says hasn't changed. How fast does melanoma change a mole? Other signs?

Mole on hubbys chest that has a dark spot on it then I remember. He says hasn't changed. How fast does melanoma change a mole? Other signs?

Take a picture: If a mole becomes larger, irregular, changes color, bleeds, develops a ulcer or a nodule, it would be important to have it checked out and if needed removed. You may want to take a picture of the mole to compare it to the actual mole a later date, rather than relying on your memory of its appearance. See this site for info.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/moles/basics/definition/con-20019745 ...Read more

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Is it possible to get melanoma from one CT scan (in chest area)? If yes how we can prevent it and how long it will take to appear?

Is it possible to get melanoma from one CT scan (in chest area)? If yes how we can prevent it and how long it will take to appear?

No: Melanoma is related to skin paleness and exposure to the sun. It is also largely random in appearance. There is no correlation between ct scans and melanoma. This does not exempt you from getting melanoma in this area, however uncommon, but the ct had nothing to do with it. ...Read more

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I noticed two flat brown/white spots, size of finger nail, in the center of my chest. Can Melanoma be flat and just appear on skin?

Possible: Get the areas biopsied. Most of the time melanoma is black and dark. But, I personally have seen very benign plain looking non-pigmented skin lesion come back as melanoma after biopsy. Melanoma / cancer does not play by the rules. Get checked. ...Read more

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I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

See your doc: I would bring these lymph nodes to the attention of your surgeon. If they appear suspicious a biopsy would be performed to obtain a diagnosis. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes in neck history of melanoma CBC normal apart from high lymphocytes chest X-ray normal, doc not doing any more tests, worried.

Questions: Lots of questions to help figure this out. Where are the nodes, where was the melanoma, how deep was it and how was it treated? How long ago was the melanoma found? If the nodes are in the drainage basin of the primary melanoma, that is more cause for worry than if they are elsewhere. ...Read more

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What are the implications for s4 nsclc. Tumor shrinking in the lungs & brain but no change in the liver.& bone. 90 lbs. 69 /b/f.16 mon. Dx. Prognosis?

What are the implications for s4 nsclc. Tumor shrinking in the lungs & brain but no change in the liver.& bone. 90 lbs. 69 /b/f.16 mon. Dx. Prognosis?

Prognosis of NSCLC: I'm sorry you are suffering so much. Staging at time of diagnosis has greatest impact on survival. If diagnosed at stage iv, median survival time is about 4 months. Poor performance status and weight loss are associated with shortened survival. Reduced appetite also has negative prognostic implications. Some studies have shown that african-americans have a poorer prognosis, but this is not proven. ...Read more

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Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Possibly: Metastasis to bone from any tumor/malignancy is stage4= distant metastasis= spread beyond margins.
Prognosis is guarded, depending on originating type.
Some metastasis respond to removal or control of primary thyroid and renal come to mind. ...Read more

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My husband has breast cancer and now it's in spleen lung bones and heart muscle. What would be his prognosis? He is 50 years old

My husband has breast cancer and now it's in spleen lung bones and heart muscle. What would be his prognosis? He is 50 years old

In addition to: Conventional treatment, your husband can consider a book by Simonton called "Getting well again" and the books and work of Patrick Quillan about nutrition. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My grandpa is 75 yrs old and suffering from lung cancer it has spread to bones. What stage is he in.

My grandpa is 75 yrs old and suffering from lung cancer it has spread to bones. What stage is he in.

Stage IV: You and Granddad have my sympathy. Perhaps there are still things that can be done to help ...Read more

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My brother 51 years old has got lung cancer that has spread to bones spine, aggresive. No treatment worked but they don't no what cancer it is.

My brother 51 years old has got lung cancer that has spread to bones spine, aggresive. No treatment worked but they don't no what cancer it is.

Seek expert Help: We can help you if you send us his complete information. I suspect he has cancer of unknown primary site (?). It is called cup and it means the doctors are unable to find where it started and then spread into bones and lungs.
He could get a second opinion at a major cancer center where gene profiling can be done; that often indicates the primary site of origin of cup. This may further guide treatm. ...Read more

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How bad is it when a person's bone cancer spreads to the lungs?

How bad is it when a person's bone cancer spreads to the lungs?

Cancer type?: Many cancers spread (metastasize) to the lungs. Bone cancer is uncommon in adults. Primary cancers from one area (eg, lungs, breast, prostate) may spread to the bones and lungs, which is a more common scenario. ...Read more

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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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more