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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
Surgery, evaluation: First priority is to excise the melanoma completely. Further treatment depends on how thick the tumor turns out to be. For very thin ones no further tests are necessary. For thicker ones a sentinel node study is often done, although this is controversial since a clear benefit has not yet been demonstrated. If there is evidence that the tumor has spread, a full-blown workup is ordered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Skin exams: Complete skin examinations at least four times a year. Once you develop one melanoma, you are at risk for developing an additional melanoma. Also depending on the level of risk associated with your particular melanoma imaging may be ordered to assess for the development of distant disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Unclear questions: We all need to watch for pigmented skin lesions. If there is a change in size, shape, nodule formation, bleeding, change in color, the lesion needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Diagnsis requires removal of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Lactate dehydrogenase (ldh) can be elevated in metastatic melanoma. When it is, it is a poor prognostic sign. Another, less proven, test is called tumor antigen 90 (ta-90). It is thought by some to be elevated in advanced melanoma. I have found it to be nonspecific and no longer use it in my practice, however. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Test while in hosp. Show vit. D level at 9. Hosp. Gave me a shot. Should i be concerned? How much should I take in a supp. Hist of malig. Melanoma.
Need a prescription: Normal vitamin d levels are generally considered to be between about 30 and 100. A level 20 - 30 would be "insufficiency" while a level less than 20 is usually thought of as a deficiency. For very low levels, weekly supplements of 50, 000 units are often given, but these are only available by prescription. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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