Beating Melanoma: A Five-Step Survival Guide

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Dr. Steven Q. Wang, a world-renowned skin cancer expert, provides an essential guide for people with melanoma and their families.

The book's unique, practical format approaches the disease in two phases, just as people with melanoma need to do. First comes a step-by-step guide for what Dr. Wang calls the "mad rush" phase — an intense and stressful period from diagnosis to completing initial treatment. Dr. Wang's calm guidance helps readers through this critical time, utilizing ...

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Overview

Dr. Steven Q. Wang, a world-renowned skin cancer expert, provides an essential guide for people with melanoma and their families.

The book's unique, practical format approaches the disease in two phases, just as people with melanoma need to do. First comes a step-by-step guide for what Dr. Wang calls the "mad rush" phase — an intense and stressful period from diagnosis to completing initial treatment. Dr. Wang's calm guidance helps readers through this critical time, utilizing an easy to understand plan for ensuring optimal treatment and survival outcomes. Once the mad rush phase is over, the "marathon phase" begins — life resumes its normal shape but with lingering concerns about new melanoma and metastases. Here Dr. Wang addresses common questions about prevention and prognosis.

Beating Melanoma offers current research in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of melanoma; a large sampling of photographs of skin cancers; and a readable narrative that demystifies everything from the pathology report to the stages of cancer. The only book to outline detailed instructions for melanoma patients at all stages of their disease, it is a guide that people with melanoma will turn to with gratitude.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Any general lending library and many a health collection needs this!
Macmillan Cancer Support
This book is suitable for a wide audience, from patients to health care professionals... It gathers together all the important information you need to get on and make decisions... This book will empower you—read it!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801898891
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2011
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Q. Wang, M.D., is director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He has published widely in medical journals and academic textbooks; has lectured extensively in the United States, Britain, Italy, Israel, Spain, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Mexico; and has been featured as a skin cancer expert in the New York Times.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Introduction: You Have Melanoma. Now What? 1

2 The Five-Step Plan: Navigating the "Mad Rush" Phase 5

Step 1 Get the Information: The Pathology Report 5

Why You Need a Copy of the Pathology Report 6

Understanding the Report 7

Step 2 Assess the Reliability of the Information 12

Which Specialist Makes the Diagnosis? 12

Why Does It Matter Which Pathologist? 12

How to Verify the Accuracy of the Diagnosis 14

What to Do if You Are Not Satisfied with the Diagnosis 14

What to Do if the Reports Conflict 16

Step 3 Find the Clinical Experts in Your Area 16

Stacy's and Helen's Stories 17

How to Find Experts Near Your Home 20

What to Do if You Cannot Find Experts Near Your Home 22

Step 4 Understand Your Treatment Options and the AJCC Staging System 23

What Is the AJCC Staging System? 23

Interpreting the AJCC Staging System 24

How Does Your Doctor Identify the Stage of Your Disease? 29

Understand Your Treatment Options 34

Step 5 Understand Survival Rate and Prognosis 42

3 The "Marathon" Phase: Surviving Melanoma 47

Medical Follow-Up 48

Why Do You Need Continual Follow-Up Examinations? 48

Which Specialist or Specialists Should You See for Follow-Ups? 48

How Frequently Should You Have Follow-Up Exams? 49

What Should You Expect during Follow-Up Visits? 49

Who Is at Risk for Developing Melanoma? 50

What Is Your Skin Color? 50

How Much Sun Exposure Have You Had? 51

What Is Your Personal and Family History? 51

Do You Have Large Moles that Were Present at Birth? 53

Preventing Melanoma 53

Primary Prevention: Avoid Excessive UV Exposure 54

Secondary Prevention: Detecting Melanoma at an Early Stage 59

Why You Should Not Use Tanning Booths 66

Medical Developments 67

Computer-Assisted Diagnostic Devices 67

MoleSafe 69

Confocal Laser Microscopy 69

Genetic Analysis 70

4 Networking: Finding and Sharing Information 73

How Can I Get Involved? 74

Recommended Web Sites 75

5 Beating Melanoma: The Checklist 76

Appendixes

A Basal Cell Cancer 78

B Squamous Cell Cancer 80

C Melanoma Image Library 82

Glossary 83

Index 89

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