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Is malignant melanoma totally curable?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine
In brief: Sometimes
The curability of any cancer depends on stage and treatment options.

In brief: Sometimes
The curability of any cancer depends on stage and treatment options.
Dr. Thomas Chen
Dr. Thomas Chen
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