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    Melanoma is a highly malignant disease occurs in the skin.  This year, about 54,000 people will be diagnosed with this malignancy.  The diagnosis of the melanoma brings with them many questions and a need for clear, understandable answers...
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" I am diagnosed with melanoma. Where can I obtain answers to my questions?" - Get answers of your questions of pancreatic cancer from a board-certified oncologist. 

  Questions about cancer or its treatment? Get answers from a board-certified oncologist.   Please visit our Ask An Oncologist service.

What You Need to Know about Melanoma - An important booklet from the National Cancer Institute. Highly recommended for cancer patients and general public.

What You Need to Know about Dysplastic Nevi  - Booklet details information about the precursor of malignant melanoma, its diagnosis, and treatment. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - You may have many questions after the initial diagnosis of melanoma.  This website provides answers to many commonly asked questions after the initial diagnosis.

Neda Skin Solutions: Malignant Melanoma - A group of board- certified dermatologists provide this summary about general information of melanoma and its various forms.  Details diagnostic and treatment information.

Understanding Prognosis and Cancer Statistics - Cancer patients frequently ask this question, "What is my prognosis?"



Melanoma Center: Early Detection and Diagnosis - It is important to detect melanoma as early as possible. this article is written for general public and discusses the screening, early detection, and procedures for diagnosis of melanoma.

Skin Self-Exam for Melanoma Screening - Pictures of real melanomas define what to watch for on your own skin. These could be early warning signs of cancer as well as other unusual skin changes.

How to Recognize a Melanoma - A presentation constitutes one approach to learning the differential diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions, and is intended for second year medical students at Univ. of California at  Davis, given in conjunction with a series of lectures and patient examinations.

Clark Staging of Malignant Melanoma - Stage is the most important factor of prognosis. Clark staging system is one of the most widely used staging system for malignant melanoma

Accurate Nodal Staging of Malignant Melanoma - A review article from the Cancer Control Journal details the staging for lymph node metastasis from melanoma. 

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center: New Staging System Reflects Key Prognostic Factors - Article details information on the significance of the new staging system for malignant melanoma.

The Biopsy Test Report: A Patient's Guide - Understand the nature of different types of biopsy and biopsy reports. Written by Edward O. Uthman, M.D., Diplomate, American Board of Pathology. 


How is Malignant Melanoma Treated - Treatment information for cancer patients and general public.

How is Malignant Melanoma Treated - Details treatment information for healthcare professionals.

eMedicine: Malignant Melanoma - Details information on the diagnosis and treatment of this malignancy. This review article was written for healthcare professionals, but it is also highly recommended to motivated patients and caregivers.

Clinical Trials for Melanoma Treatment - A  list of research projects and clinical trials for malignant melanoma treatment.  The list is arranged according to geographic locations.

Cancer Help UK: Treating Melanoma - Details the treatment information for different stages of malignant melanoma. 

Cancer Control Journal: Melanoma Metastasis - The article explains the series of sequential steps that determine metastasis in malignant melanoma patients. The scholarly article details the latest treatment strategies, both surgical and nonsurgical.

Interferon Treatment for Malignant Melanoma - Interferon has been used to treat locally advanced or metastatic melanoma.  This review article details the interferon treatment information for patients and general public.

Metastatic Melanoma Treatment Study of the NCI - The National Cancer Institute is looking for men and women whose skin cancer has spread to participate in a new clinical research study to treat melanoma.

Most Frequently Asked Questions about Malignant Melanoma - The Melanoma FAQ was developed by Gurudarshan Khalsa to get information and resources into the hands of melanoma patients and support people.

Melanoma Education Foundation - A non-profit organization with the mission of saving lives from this common and tragic disease by emphasizing the importance of monthly self-examination of the skin to detect melanoma while it is thin and curable. 

MPIP: Melanoma Patients' Information Page - An informative guide to online malignant melanoma resources corrals a wide range of medical resources to help patients monitor and participate in their own cancer management.

Mike's Page: The Melanoma Resource Center - This Page is dedicated to the memory of Michael Tustison, a patient who died of malignant metastatic melanoma.

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Forum - Patients and their families can discuss about the disease, its diagnosis and treatment, and psychosocial support at the Forum of the Cancer Information Network.

The Melanoma Research Foundation - A non-profit organization founded by patients and their families. 

COMS: About Choroidal Melanoma - Choroidal melanoma is the most common primary malignancy of the eye. This summary provides information on treatment of this disease with surgery or radiation. 

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2. The Guide to Living with Bladder Cancer: Johns Hopkins Press Health Book

3. Society for Basic Urologic Research - society of scientists whose expertise include the study of urologic cancers, the biology of prostate growth, kidney and bladder function and more.

Get answers of your questions about bladder cancer from a board-certified oncologist.

5. 50 Essential Things To Do - When the Doctor Says It's Cancer.

6. 50 Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer
At Face Value: My Struggle With A Disfiguring Cancer - A cancer survivor's story by Terry Healey.  Terry was diagnosed with Fibrosarcoma in 1984.  He had extensive radiation treatment after "too many surgeries to count," and has been cancer free since 1986.

Cancer Support Group Mailing List - This is a mailing list for general cancer information, include lung cancer.

Financial Assistance  for Cancer Care - provides an extensive listing of resources available that may offer financial assistance to help cover costs of cancer care.
Questions about cancer or its treatment? Get answers from a board-certified oncologist.   Please visit our Ask An Oncologist service.
  Ask a Physician - From Mayo Health - Do you have specific questions or concerns? Click here to ask a specialist, or browse frequently asked questions about cancer.
  Bladder Cancer FAQ - This section is designed specifically for patients and loved ones! The answers are in lay language.

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