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Medical Reference Related to Melanoma Skin Cancer

  1. Skin Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient Information [NCI] - Questions or Comments About This Summary

    If you have questions or comments about this summary, please send them to Cancer.gov through the Web site's Contact Form. We can respond only to email messages written in English.

  2. Melanoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Treatment Option Overview for Melanoma

    Melanomas that have not spread beyond the site at which they developed are highly curable. Most of these are thin lesions that have not invaded beyond the papillary dermis (Clark level I–II; Breslow thickness ≤1 mm). The treatment of localized melanoma is surgical excision with margins proportional to the microstage of the primary lesion; for most lesions 2 mm or less in thickness, this means 1 cm radial re-excision margins.[1,2]Melanomas with a Breslow thickness of 2 mm or more are still curable in a significant proportion of patients, but the risk of lymph node and/or systemic metastasis increases with increasing thickness of the primary lesion. The local treatment for these melanomas is surgical excision with margins based on Breslow thickness and anatomic location. For most melanomas more than 2 mm to 4 mm in thickness, this means 2 cm to 3 cm radial excision margins. These patients should also be considered for sentinel lymph node biopsy followed by complete lymph node

  3. Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Actinic Keratosis

    Actinic keratosis is not cancer but is treated because it may develop into cancer. Treatment of actinic keratosis may include the following:Topical chemotherapy.Topical biologic therapy with imiquimod.Cryosurgery.Electrodesiccation and curettage.Dermabrasion.Shave excision.Photodynamic therapy.Laser surgery.Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with actinic keratosis. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

  4. Melanoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Changes to This Summary (06 / 27 / 2014)

    The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.Changes were made to this summary to match those made to the health professional version.

  5. Skin Cancer Treatment

    Learn more about various skin cancer treatment options from the experts at WebMD.

  6. Metastatic Melanoma

    Skin cancer that has spread to other places in your body is called metastatic, or advanced, melanoma.

  7. Understanding Skin Cancer -- Symptoms

    Learn more from WebMD about the symptoms of skin cancer.

  8. Understanding Skin Cancer -- Prevention

    Reducing your exposure to harmful sunlight and checking your skin are key to preventing skin cancer. Learn more from WebMD.

  9. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Medications

    Medications are rarely used to treat nonmelanoma skin cancer. Surgery is the most common treatment.

  10. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Other Treatment

    Radiation therapy for nonmelanoma skin cancer may be recommended for people who may not be able to have surgery because of the location of the skin cancer. Radiation therapy may also be a treatment choice for older adults if surgery is too risky.

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