Melanoma 2

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In the past 30 years, the number of people developing melanoma has doubled. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses treatment for this dangerous condition.

Dr. Hill:

Melanoma is a malignant transformation of the melanocyte cells in the skin. The depth of invasion into the skin and the amount of spread through the body dictates your survival rates and treatment.

Melanoma is divided into four stages.

In Stage 1, the tumor has invaded less than two millimeters into the skin and there is no tumor in the lymph nodes

In Stage 2, there is greater than two millimeters invasion and no spread to the lymph nodes

In Stage 3, spread of the tumor to surrounding tissues or to local lymph nodes

In Stage 4, the tumor has spread to other organs or areas of the body

The treatment of melanoma involves surgery to remove all of the local tumor, chemotherapy, biological therapy and radiation therapy. Biological or immune therapy stimulates the bodys own immune system to attack the tumor cells.

The best treatment is prevention and early detection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.