- What are the treatments currently available for skin cancer?
The treatments that are currently available for skin cancer include chemotherapy, biological therapy with interferon and retinoid therapy. One could also opt to participate in clinical trials of new cancer treatment drugs, though the outcomes and side effects of these may not be entirely known.
- What is advanced metastatic skin cancer?
Advanced metastatic skin cancer is also known as stage IV melanoma or metastatic melanoma occurs when, mucosal, ocular or cutaneous skin cancer cells, known as melanoma spread via the lymph nodes to one or more parts of the body. The organs that are commonly affected when skin cancer metastases are the brain, liver, lungs and the bones.
- Where does skin cancer begin to spread?
A stage III melanoma is when the cancer cells have proliferated beyond the tissues surrounding the primary tumor or have entered the lymph nodes. In the next stage, the cancer cells spread beyond the lymph nodes into other organs.
- Is skin cancer curable?
In the early stages, if detected early and appropriate interventions followed, most melanomas can be cured and the person has a high chance of going into remission. However, when left untreated, cancer can spread to and affect other organs, at which point chances of cure and survival progressively decrease.
There are now a large number of websites that provide photos of skin cancer in all stages of appearance and proliferation. However, while you could refer to such photos of skin cancer as a guide, it is always recommended that you consult a medical professional for early diagnoses and intervention.
- What is squamous cell carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer or melanoma which presents as discolored flat patch or patches on the surface of the skin. At times, this patch may have a rough or scaly texture and they tend to grow in areas of excessive exposure to the sun. Most types of skin cancers are squamous cell carcinomas or basal cell carcinomas.