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Treatments For Melanoma Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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
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
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
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
It's eggplant: A pricey concoction of eggplant featured on a far-out television show -- thankfully, promoted primarily for premalignancies that seldom progress. If you have a skin cancer that's a clear and present danger (possible melanoma, ulcerated basal cell carcinoma, rapidly growing anything), get evidence-based treatment instead of an "unproven / spiritual" remedy. It's your life. ...Read more
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 happens if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next (treatment.)?
Staging/treatment: Typically these patients undergo imaging to make sure they are not Stage IV. Surgery is the main treatment for skin cancer. This typically involves removing the main tumor with a margin of normal skin and removing the lymph node basin to which the tumor has travelled. Additional radiation and/or chemotherapy may also be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next (treatment.)?
Depends on cancer: The treatment options depend on what kind of metastatic skin cancer it is. It may also depend on preferences of the oncologist or surgeon, and/or enrollment in clinical trials. Check this site...it may have some answers for you. Http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/skin/Patient/page1 ...Read more
Not usual Rx: Radiation is not usually used to treat skin cancer. Surgery is the usual approach. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/skin-cancer/ds00190. ...Read more
Grandma has skin cancer, found out tuesday. Good derm. Docs in colorado?! also, good treatment ideas? She's very worried.
Mohs Surgeon: When looking for a dermatologist to remove skin cancer, it is important to make sure that they are a mohs surgeon and are board certified. Mohs surgery is a technique that examines 100% of the skin cancer margin to give the best chance of cure. It also depends on what type of skin cancer it is (basal cell, squamous, vs. Melanoma). One if the best is dr. Joel cohen, right in englewood, co! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should I get injectable dermal fillers if I previously had skin cancer? About 10 years ago, I had skin cancer. After a couple years of treatment, I was able to beat it without any recurrence....Being in my upper 50's, I'm considering facial fillers to red
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, (fluorouracil) 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
May need treatment for small skin cancer on my face, where to start? I am in NYC, will pay personally. No current physician. A small white pimple like
See dermatologist: Schedule an appointment with Primary care physician or dermatologist so you can get appropriate care. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Had prostate cancer 3 yrs ago and did radiation treatment successfully. Am I more likely to have skin cancer in scrotum, penis? Itch, braking out bad.
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
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