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What are the symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

What are the symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

Depends: The most common symptom would be no symptoms at all. Metastatic melanoma is often picked up on imaging. Symptoms can occur depending on the location of the lesions. Neurological symptoms for brain mets, bleeding or obstruction for GI mets, possible pulmonary symptoms for lung mets. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


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What are the most common symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

What are the most common symptoms of metastatic melanoma?

Depends: The most common symptom would be no symptoms at all. Metastatic melanoma is often picked up on imaging. Symptoms can occur depending on the location of the lesions. Neurological symptoms for brain mets, bleeding or obstruction for GI mets, possible pulmonary symptoms for lung mets. ...Read more

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What is metastatic melanoma?

What is metastatic melanoma?

Skin cancer: In its most typical form, melanoma is a cancer that originates in cells of the skin called melanocytes. In some cases melanoma can spread to other organs from the skin. When it spreads, it is called metastatic melanoma. ...Read more

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Could metastatic melanoma spread anywhere in the body?

Could metastatic melanoma spread anywhere in the body?

Yes: Common sites are the lymph nodes, lung and liver, but it can potentially spread anywhere. ...Read more

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Tragic. How to cope with friend with metastatic melanoma?

Tragic. How to cope with friend with metastatic melanoma?

With great caring: There are exciting new treatments for this disease, but they still are not cures. I would support them during treatment. Listen carefully and with caring. ...Read more

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What should be our next step after being diagnosed with metastatic melanoma?

Find an expert: The first step should be for you to find someone who treats patients with metastatic melanoma every day. You want somebody who understands and is comfortable with using the newest drugs but moreover is nuanced in the difficult decisions that will come up about the drugs and when to start/stop/switch therapies, including experimental drugs in clinical trials. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the causes of metastatic melanoma?

Melanoma=Mole Cancer: Cancerous moles, or melanoma can be genetic. Or they can arise from sun exposure to a mole. Sporadic exposure such as sunburns lead to a higher risk of melanomas in the moles. So a larger number of moles increases the melanoma risk. Redheads have a higher risk of melanoma. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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