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What are some of the tests for Melanoma?

What are some of the tests for Melanoma?

BIOPSY: The mainstay is the biopsy. Additional testing is done as indicated following the results. ...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 tests for intraocular melanoma?

What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

Eye exam: An eye examination by an ophthamologist is usually how the diagnosis is made. More detailed examination by a specialist in retinas or ocular oncology may follow. A biopsy can be done by the specialist. ...Read more

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What further tests are done after melanoma is diagnosed?

What further tests are done after melanoma is diagnosed?

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 more

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What tests are usually done after a melanoma is discovered?

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 more

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Will the biopsy test be big or near the site of the melanoma?

See full answer: Unless the lesion is relatively big (greater than 1/2 inch), the dermatologist will usually numb it and then do a shave biopsy to remove it. Bigger lesions usually have small ares biopsied. ...Read more

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When they do a test for melanoma?

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 more

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What kind of tests are done in the follow-up for melanoma skin cancer?

What kind of tests are done in the follow-up for melanoma skin cancer?

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 more

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Can an advanced melanoma that has spread in all the body have signs in normal blood test?

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 more

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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 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