cutaneous oncology

Revised melanoma staging criteriaStaging system is derived from a new dataset of patients from 10 cancer centers around the world. Dermatologists should consider AJCC tumor characteristics as well as other factors in risk assessment, counseling, and follow-up plans for patients. Update takes effect in January 2018.
Repurposed antifungal exhibits promising results
Repurposed antifungal exhibits promising resultsA novel oral formulation of itraconazole designed to improve bioavailability is leveraging its activity as a Hedgehog pathway inhibitor to provide a low toxicity, effective treatment for patients with BCC Nevus Syndrome. Data show potential for rapid therapeutic benefit.
SLNB for melanomaBiopsy can differentiate risk level for patients, but selectively indicated
A squamous cell carcinoma that disproportionately affects men
A squamous cell carcinoma that disproportionately affects menFactors that drive lip squamous cell carcinomas in men.
Changing moles in teens
Changing moles in teensMole count in adolescents predictor of melanoma. Sun exposure habits develop in teen years. Prevent melanoma through sun protection. Reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies.
Melanoma in pregnancy
Melanoma in pregnancyThe controversies revolving around the risks and prognosis associated with melanoma and pregnancy are many and have been a flashpoint for much discussion and debate. While some controversies remain, clarity and consensus has been found among some of the current issues regarding melanoma and pregnancy.
Lymph-node dissection increases rates of regional disease controlLymph-node dissection is not associated with increased melanoma survival. Surgery may be best option to decrease risk for recurrence. A positive sentinel node does not automatically lead to complete dissection
Melanoma concernFor melanoma, patient and physician education is key. Laser treatment for hyperpigmentation in darker skin effective. Teledermatology could replace office visits in this underserved population.
Case presentation:  Subungual melanoma
Case presentation: Subungual melanomaA Caucasian female presented with a dark brown band on her nail that appeared a few years ago signifying subungual melanoma. What is the most concerning symptom?
Quiz: Acral lentiginous melanomaIn this installment of our melanoma case studies series, we focus on factors associated with acral lentiginous melanoma.