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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
September 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Melanoma  

If you’ve just been diagnosed with melanoma, find out the best way to treat this form of skin cancer now.melanoma

Being told that you have melanoma can be a very scary moment in your life. After all, there seem to be more warnings about this life-threatening skin cancer than ever before. Fortunately, by turning to our Cherry Creek, CO, dermatologist Dr. James Maloney early enough, we can create a treatment plan that will effectively treat your melanoma.

How your melanoma is treated will depend on several factors including the stage of your cancer. Common treatment options include:

  • Surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

Surgery

This is the most common way to treat melanoma and offers high success rates for early-stage melanomas. There are a variety of different surgical techniques that our Cherry Creek skin doctor may employ based on the location and severity of your melanoma.

If we were able to diagnose your melanoma through a biopsy, then a wide excision surgery may be all that’s needed to remove the melanoma. Another common and popular procedure is Mohs surgery, which allows us to remove melanoma while also preserving as much healthy, non-cancerous tissue as possible.

Immunotherapy

These special medications are administered to help boost your body’s immune system to help you fight off cancer cells. There are several kinds of immunotherapy options to choose from for battling your melanoma, including:

  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • Cytokines
  • Oncolytic virus therapy
  • Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG)

Targeted Therapy

This therapy is a bit different from chemotherapy and these drugs may be recommended if chemotherapy isn’t working. Plus, patients often experience less severe side effects with targeted therapy than with chemotherapy. Instead of just attacking dividing cells, which is the purpose of chemotherapy, targeted therapy drugs attack parts or genes of the melanoma.

Chemotherapy

This is another commonly used treatment for cancer and can be an effective way to kill cancer cells. In most cases, the medication is injected into the bloodstream to kill the skin cancer cells. While this cancer treatment can be effective for most cancers, it’s not always the most effective for melanoma treatment.

Radiation Therapy

This is another treatment option that is less commonly used in those with melanoma, but it might be considered if surgery is not possible or if melanoma has returned after surgery.

Do you have questions about the treatments above? Want to know which one is the best option for you? Then call Cherry Creek Dermatology and let us know that you want to discuss the different melanoma treatment options offered in Cherry Creek, CO.

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
July 07, 2016
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Melanoma  

If you’ve just been told you have melanoma you may be wondering, “What now?”

It can be scary when you hear the word melanoma. But remember that you are not alone. This is one of the most common forms of cancer in the US. So take a deep breath and turn to our Denver dermatologist Dr. James Maloney III for the melanoma treatment you Melanomaneed to get on the road to recovery.

Additional Testing

After your initial diagnosis, our Denver skin doctor Dr. Maloney will need to find out a bit more about your condition. Therefore, additional testing will be in order so we can provide a better treatment plan for you. Common tests include:

  • Blood work
  • Bone scan
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • PET scan
  • Lymph node biopsy

Stages of Melanoma

There are seven different stages of melanoma. Why is it important to know your melanoma stage? Knowing your stage will help us develop the proper treatments needed to eliminate the cancer and also reduce your symptoms. Know and understand what your stage means so that you can be an active part of your treatment process.

Treatment Options

Here are some of the most common treatments to consider. The treatment you receive will depend on your stage of cancer:

  • Chemotherapy: This treatment will inject medication into the body to stop the growth and production of melanoma cells. This treatment is often used in conjunction with other melanoma treatments.
  • Immunotherapy: This treatment boosts the immune system to help fight and eliminate melanoma cells in the body.
  • Radiation Therapy: These high-energy particles are used to kill off cancer cells.
  • Surgery: This is commonly used to treat early stages of melanoma. Surgeries include simple excision and Mohs surgery.
  • Adjuvant Therapy: This is the use of either chemotherapy or radiation therapy along with surgery.

If you currently have or have had melanoma in the past it’s important that you continue to see your dermatologist in Denver, CO for the care you need to become cancer-free. Trust your health to Cherry Creek Dermatology.

By J Michael Maloney
April 20, 2015
Category: Melanoma
Tags: Melanoma   Incidence Rates  

 

The incidence of melanoma in the United States was 13.3 per 100 000 in 1995 vs 55 per 100 000 in Queensland, Australia

Dermatologists Treat Most Melanomas

 

A rencent study regarding the biopsy of melanomas showed:  

Patients were more likely to be white (95.4%), male (63.1%), married (47.9%), and 75 years or older (60.8%) and to have no prior melanoma (93.7%)

Melanoma cases were more likely to undergo biopsy by dermatologists (88.4%) compared with nondermatologists (11.6%).

Likewise, melanomas were more likely to be excised by dermatologists (41.9%) compared with general/plastic surgeons (30.5%), Mohs surgeons (9.1%), or primary care physicians (1.2%)

JAMA Dermatol. Published online April 08, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.119

 

By Dr. J. Michael Maloney MD FAAD
February 23, 2015
Category: Melanoma
Tags: Melanoma   Skin Cancer  

MelanomaDo you do enough to make sure that the largest organ in your body - your skin - stays free from potentially-fatal diseases and other ailments? After all, you do the same for your other vital organs - your heart, your brain, your lungs - so shouldn't your skin get the preventive treatment it needs to ensure you stay healthy, too?

At Cherry Creek Dermatology, we know it's important to get your skin checked annually, and how not doing so could up your chances for melanoma sneaking into your body undetected. The expert dermatologists on site conduct skin check-ups that determine whether or not your skin shows signs of the frightening and fast-moving skin cancer, while also offering melanoma treatments if the disease is detected.

If your dermatologist finds a mole or skin growth that might signify melanoma, they will remove a small piece of the affected tissue and evaluate it more closely to determine whether or not cancerous cells are present. This process, known as a biopsy, is especially pertinent in the case of melanoma skin cancers, which are behind roughly 75 percent of skin cancer deaths today.
 
Take a look below at some telling indicators it's time for you to get your skin checked:
  • You haven't had a check-up in a year (or more)
  • You notice a mole that has:
    • irregular borders
    • black, red, or uneven colors
    • grown in size
  • You've had a significant amount of sun exposure
To keep your skin healthy and at a low-melanoma risk before you get over to your nearest dermatologist for a skin check, make sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of no less than 30. Reapply sunscreen often to keep your skin safe from the sun's virulent ultraviolet rays (which can directly raise your risk for melanoma) and for more radiant, youthful skin.
 
For more information on melanoma treatment and prevention in the Denver, CO, area, give one of the expert dermatologists at Cherry Creek Dermatology a call at (303) 388-5629 today for full skin relief!


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