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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for melanoma?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for melanoma?

Several: Melanoma is almost always treated with surgery first; the amount of surgery depends on the clark level (how deep it is), which is measured in millimeter fractions. A sentinel lymph node (first lymph node to respond) is sometimes removed; chemotherapy and targeted molecular therapies are used in certain circumstances. ...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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How much will melanoma treatment cost?

How much will melanoma treatment cost?

Stage dependent : Thin, early stage melanoma is treated just by removing a zone of skin. This is rather inexpensive compared to thevtreatment for later stage disease which requires brain MRI and pet scans. ...Read more

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Is there a drug treatment for melanoma?

Is there a drug treatment for melanoma?

Yes: It has been an exciting year in melanoma. There were two new melanoma drugs approved last year and one of these agents was able to demonstrate a survival benefit, something which has not been demonstrated in over 20 years. ...Read more

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How long does the melanoma treatment last?

Depends: Surgery is the main treatment for melanoma. Recovery from surgery typically takes a few weeks depending on what operation is performed. ...Read more

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What is the best new treatment for melanoma?

Depends: Currently, surgical excision is the standard of care. However, depending on the stage of a patient's melanoma there are some new treatments that may show promise for the future. Vemurafenib is one such treatment, but it is used in a very specific set of patients. Melanoma vaccines are also theoretically possible but have not been very successful to date. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for recurrent melanoma?

Recurrent Melanoma: This is a condition that requires in many cases agressive care with an oncologist and surgeon team with a special interest with melanoma treatment. Often a University Affiliated program with specific treatment protocols are of beneift. Seeking a second opinion by an expert that specializes in Melanoma treatment is helpful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms without treatment having melanoma?

What are the symptoms without treatment having melanoma?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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A person survived melanoma without treatment for 20 years?

Unusual, but: Without knowing many more details it's impossible to guess - bt strange single cases do occur. Each person must deal w/ such a Dx in their best way and with the support of good doctors if possible. ...Read more

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Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma? Is it a fully approved treatment yet? Thanks

Yes: It has been used successfully in advanced solid tumors such as melanoma. As tor the long term success or whether it is always successful I don't have that answer. Good luck ...Read more

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