cutaneous oncology

From mole to melanomaThere is a genetically intermediate state of melanocytic neoplasia and these findings could someday help doctors identify high-risk lesions to remove before they become malignant.
Molecular age of melanomaThe field of molecular diagnostics, as it pertains to dermatology, has truly exploded in the last decade, according to one expert.
Skin cancer screeningData-driven screening guidelines for skin cancer have been published electronically, in reaction to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s 2016 draft recommendation statement on skin cancer screening.
Supportive oncodermatologySkin side effects from anticancer treatments can be a special burden for patients already suffering the extreme pressures of a cancer diagnosis. Treatments must be customized for patients based on the type of cancer and treatment, as well as the patient’s personal goals. Close and active relationships with patients are vital to assure the best possible outcome.
ECP may prevent mycosis fungoides progressionExtracorporeal photopheresis is underused for early-stage mycosis fungoides. ECP is capable of correcting the cytokine imbalance seen in patients with MF and results in an increase of Th1 cytokines. Clinicians should consider more frequent use in select patients
Lasers in melanoma careLaser for melanoma in situ (MIS) should generally be reserved for nonsurgical, usually elderly patients. When indicated, MIS may be treated with CO2 laser or with combined Q-switched Nd:YAG and imiquimod. Any atypical-appearing lesion should be biopsied prior to the start of a laser treatment.
Derm sounds alarm about Hispanics and skin cancerDermatologists should be versed and informed about the specific attitudes and lifestyle habits that could be fueling rising skin cancer risk in the Hispanic population, according to dermatologist Maritza I. Perez, M.D.
Key clinical features differentiate nail tumor typesSquamous cell carcinoma often associated with HPV. Surgical excision for four types of tumors is largely successful. Imaging of glomus tumors recommended prior to intervention.
SRT: Technology offers positive benefits and strong cure ratesToday’s SRT technology embodies very small, stable machines. Radiation leaks are not longer a concern. The SRT-100 System serves both an important medical and cosmetic role.
Melanoma staging updatesThe American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) 8th Edition Melanoma Staging System includes important changes pertaining to T1 melanomas. The role of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) continues to evolve, particularly for thin melanomas. A contemporary international dataset is being applied to develop sophisticated and accurate personalized prognostic tools.