Malignant melanoma of skin

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Malignant melanoma of skin

Malignant melanoma of skin is a common cancer characterized by abnormal cell growth in the skin. This form of cancer is the most deadly type of skin cancer because it can spread quickly to the rest of the body. Individuals with this disorder usually develop tumors in the skin which spreads to other organ systems in the body, if not treated extremely quickly. Depending on the location of the tumor and where the cancer spreads, symptoms can vary greatly. Common symptoms include scarred skin, fragile skin, muscle weakness, and even breathing problems if spread to the lungs. Doctors are usually able to diagnose this defect relatively early in the abnormal growth process, as the resulting symptoms are quickly apparent. Treatment is developed on a case-by-case basis and depends on the specific needs of the patient. Though it is difficult to prevent this kind of cancer, exercising frequently and avoiding direct exposure to the sun will cause skin tissues to be less prone to developing problems. If an individual's cancer has progressed, doctors may suggest chemotherapy or surgery to combat cancer symptoms.

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4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Melanoma International Foundation

The mission of the Melanoma International Foundation is to develop personalized strategies with patients so they may live longer, better lives.

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Malignant melanoma of skin" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

http://www.4thangel.org

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Melanoma International Foundation

The mission of the Melanoma International Foundation is to develop personalized strategies with patients so they may live longer, better lives.

http://www.melanomainternational.org

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2015

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Vitamin D Supplementation in Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma Outcome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

 

Last Updated: 6 Jun 2016

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MelmarT Melanoma Margins Trial Investigating 1cm v 2cm Wide Excision Margins for Primary Cutaneous Melanoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cutaneous Melanoma by AJCC V7 Stage

 

Last Updated: 14 Jul 2016

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Sonazoid-Enhanced Ultrasound in Detecting Sentinel Lymph Node in Patients With Cutaneous Melanoma
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Cutaneous Melanoma; Melanoma

 

Last Updated: 16 Nov 2016

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