Can malignant melanoma be treated with chemo?

Another option. This year was amazing for finally having some options to treat mm, including ipilimumab and also vemurafenib. Early diagnosis by getting screened by a board-certified dermatologist is essential to having the highest cure rate. Check yourself and your partner monthly and get to the derm if you notice any new or changing spot!
Melanoma. On march 25, 2011, the u. S. Food and drug administration approved Ipilimumab Injection (yervoy, bristol-myers squibb company) for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma.

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Hi, tell me a way to cure a malignant melanoma that has metastesised in two axillary lymph nodes? Chemo, radiation and surgery is not an option.

Cure? I'm not sure how to cure something without treating it. If you have decided not to have chemo, radiation, or surgery, you have essentially chosen to do nothing. Please go back to your surgeon or oncologist and reconsider your options. Read more...
Adjuvant therapy. Clinical trial will be an option- go to www.Clinicaltrials.Gov . For instance- a study using biological agent or a study to compare ipilimumab vs interferon for high risk melanoma are still open. Discuss with your oncologist possible option/clinical trials that would fit for your case. Read more...
Axillary dissection. First a metastatic work-up should be performed to determine if the melanoma has traveled to other locations in your body. This is performed with a chest/abd/pelvis ct scan, whole body pet scan, and a brain mri. In addition you should have the remaining lymph nodes in your axilla removed with an axillary dissection. Read more...
Limited options. Ask yourself why these are not options, and discuss with a surgical oncologist. Patients do very well after an axillary dissection and return to normal activities with the arm. You may be relying on incorrect information in making that decision. The most feared side effect, lymphedema, will likely occur anyway secondary to the cancer under the arm. Surgery alone may be curative. . Read more...

How long can you live if your malignant melanoma is treated before it spreads?

Cure is possible. Depending on size and volumn a small lesion that has not ulcerated, if less than 1 mm. thick and is free of any satellites adjacent to the primary can be cured. If there are local satellites, Ive seen cures with intralesional BCG. If at high risk, chemo infusion into an extremity can reduce recurrence and with alpha interferon, IL-2 and new checkpoint inhibitors many cures noted. Read more...
Cure possible. It can be cured. Make sure you are being managed by a dermatologist with cancer experiencce. Read more...
Normal life. If it is excised prior to its having spread, you have a cure. Keep watch for new lesions. Tumors that have not reached a certain depth are unlikely to have spread. Read more...

What does it mean to have a malignant melanoma in your eye? Can it be treated?

Cancer. Your oncologist will discuss with you the treatment options and prognosis. Read more...
Retinal cancer. Melanoma can occur in the retina of the eye, technically in the uvea. The treatment is either surgery or radiation. Go to a specialist who treats this often. Read more...

Diagnosed- malignant melanoma 5/2017 Diagnosed - treated for anal cancer 5/2016. Pet scan done in March '16. If MM has spread, wouldn't PET scan show?

PET scan is a good t. PET scan is a good test to detect metastatic cancer. In fact it is our best imaging test to catch metastases early. Yet it has some limitations in that it can not show microscopic tumors/ small # of cells in the body...it only shows tumors that are bigger than half a centimeter (>5 mm). That is why this test has to be repeated every 3 to 4 months when there is a risk for the tumor to come back. Read more...

Is malignant melanoma totally curable?

If it is caught... ...Early enough, yes. A melanoma that is removed before it can spread stands an excellent chance of being cured completely. Once it has spread, either to lymph nodes or via blood vessels, there is little or no chance of a cure. So the key is to get it removed as quickly as possible, and get any further treatment that is indicated, depending on how thick the tumor is. Read more...
No. It depends on the stage. Stage ia has about a 98% cure rate, but most people with stage 4 will not be cured with any of the treatments that we have available. Read more...

What can I do to prevent malignant melanoma?

Sun Protection! The main risk factor you can control is sun exposure. Apply high protection sunblock early and often, and wear appropriate full length clothing as much as possible (clothing designed for sun shielding will keep you comfortable, cool and safe). If you have any suspicious lesions, get them checked out asap. Early detection of melanoma is critical to a good result. Read more...
Protect you, family. Please stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. Use sunscreen protection and wear clothing and hats to cover the body. Have checks of your skin as advised by your doctors. Read more...
Melanoma prevention. Some melanomas are caused by an inherited gene and you have to be frequently followed by a dermatologist. Otherwise, since childhood, people should have their skin protected from getting any sunburn as this is a sign of "radiation [ultraviolet] toxicity." use a sunscreen with u.V. A and b protection, go out early and late hours, wide-brimmed hat and sun protection clothing. Avoid tanning beds. Read more...
Limit UV radiation. Sunscreen, limiting your exposure to uv radiation. Never use a tanning bed. And see your friendly dermatologist for routine complete skin examinations. Read more...
Melanoma. Regular yearly skin checks by your doctor or dermatologist Sun screen Use sun hands with broad brim Avoid sun bathing and uv bathing . Read more...