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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.

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Dr. Michael Sabel
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
the only adjuvant therapy available for melanoma at this time is adjuvant Interferon therapy VS clinical trials.
Dr. Carmen Kavali
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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