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What are the common areas of metastasis of melanoma?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Local and distant

Melanomas, like other cancers, can metastasize either locally or distantly.
Local metastasis usually means to a lymph node in the area of the primary tumor. From there, other areas which commonly develop metastasis include the lungs, liver, and brain. However, metastases just about anywhere in the body are possible.

In brief: Local and distant

Melanomas, like other cancers, can metastasize either locally or distantly.
Local metastasis usually means to a lymph node in the area of the primary tumor. From there, other areas which commonly develop metastasis include the lungs, liver, and brain. However, metastases just about anywhere in the body are possible.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: "Local" & Distant

Mets can be local (skin, lymph nodes) based on location of primary cancer site.
Mets can also be to liver, lung, brain, or almost anywhere. Some melanomas occur in unusual areas such as the retina or in non-sun exposed areas as well. I found this link with more details: http://skincancer.About.Com/od/skincancerbasics/a/melanoma_mets.Htm.

In brief: "Local" & Distant

Mets can be local (skin, lymph nodes) based on location of primary cancer site.
Mets can also be to liver, lung, brain, or almost anywhere. Some melanomas occur in unusual areas such as the retina or in non-sun exposed areas as well. I found this link with more details: http://skincancer.About.Com/od/skincancerbasics/a/melanoma_mets.Htm.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Varies

Melanoma can travel to any organ in the body.

In brief: Varies

Melanoma can travel to any organ in the body.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Multiple

The easiest way to think about melanoma metastasis is local (recurrent tumor near the original site), regional (in or around the closest lymph node concentration such as the armpit or groin), or systemic (most commonly lung, but other sites possible including liver, adrenal gland, spleen, bone, brain, sinuses, heart, abd lymph nodes and distant skin or fatty impants).

In brief: Multiple

The easiest way to think about melanoma metastasis is local (recurrent tumor near the original site), regional (in or around the closest lymph node concentration such as the armpit or groin), or systemic (most commonly lung, but other sites possible including liver, adrenal gland, spleen, bone, brain, sinuses, heart, abd lymph nodes and distant skin or fatty impants).
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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