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Treatments For Melanoma Cancer
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
Is the cancer likely to recur following treatment? What steps can I take to reduce the risk of additional new melanomas?
Frequent skin checks: Indeed having a personal history of melanoma increases your risk of developing a second melanoma. Statistics have shown at least nine times higher risk than the general population, approximately 11% will develop a second melanoma in 5 years. The 2nd tends to be at an earlier stage likely because of close observation, again highlighting the importance of frequent routine skin checks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Where are we on treatment for skin cancer? Is their a higher percentage for living with having late stage melanoma or other skin cancers?
Many: The treatment for melanoma involves removing the primary site with a margin depending on the depth of the melanoma. In addition for high risk lesion a sentinel lymph node biopsy is performed. If these lymph node contains melanoma the remainder of the lymph nodes are removed from that basin. Treatment for distant disease can involve surgery, chemotherapy and or immunotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Choroidal melanoma (1994). No issues since treatment til now. U/s shows 2 spots liver (8.2cm/2.1cm), waiting on mri. If cancer would this likely be considered metastasized from original cancer?
It depends...: If the lesion is suspicious for malignancy by mri, your doctor most likely will schedule a biopsy. The pathologist who reads the biopsy will decide the cell type that is there. If the cell type is melanoma, then it will be considered a metastasis. Many other different cell types can be seen in liver biopsies. If it is a new cell type (carcinoma, lymphoma, or sarcoma), it would be a new cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Radiation or surgery: Eye melanoma, or ocular melanoma is treated by either removal of the entire eye, or by radiation to the eye. It really depends on the extent of the melanoma. This type of melanoma frequently spreads to the liver, so a ct or MRI of the liver should be obtained. I recommend seeing someone who specializes in this type of cancer due to its relative rarity and severity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My gran had her eye removed due to ocular melanoma 3 years ago. Now metastatic liver cancer, no treatment. No other info given. Life expectancy?
Ask her to ask dr.: Liver metastases from any cancer is not a good sign. However depending on many other factors will determine what her life expectancy is, especially knowing what her constitutional health is, her vitality. So, the best answer would be for her to ask her doctor, or see if she'll give you permission to do so (that must be documented in her chart.) also, make sure that her diet is good, and keep her spirit strong. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin Cancer: The primary treatment for most types of skin cancer is surgical removal by wide local excision. Moh's micrographic surgery may be used in certain circumstances for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. Melanoma may require very aggressive surgery. Non-surgical treatment of skin cancer has lower cure rates and is reserved for patients too elderly or unhealthy to undergo surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is your opinion on fluorouracil 5 and other treatments you can recommend for skin cancer on nose?
Multiple options: Non-melanoma skin cancer is usually treated by surgery. Choice of other options, 5fu, radiation, etc. Usually is based on potential cosmetic result and feasibility of surgery. A very large lesion or one that recurs might not be able to be treated surgically. A lesion on the nose might be a problem re cosmetic result and then the other options are reasonable alternatives. ...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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