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How is malignant melanoma skin cancer treated?

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Malignant melanoma is treated with more aggressive therapies than just surgical removal. To ensure it is completely taken out, your surgeon will remove 1 to 3 centimeters of normal-looking skin surrounding the tumor. Depending on the thickness of the melanoma, neighboring lymph nodes may also be removed and tested. To figure out which of those to take out, something called the sentinel lymph node biopsy method uses a mildly radioactive substance to identify which are most likely to be affected.

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National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2019

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