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Was diagnosed with malignant melanoma pathological stage T1a. What is it?

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Hi, my husband was diagnosed with malignant malinoma pathological stage T1a. Please tell me what is it? Thank you XXXXXXX
Posted Sat, 27 Jul 2013 in Cancer
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 6 hours later
Hello and thanks for the query.

This is an excellent question.

Your husband was diagnosed with a very early stage melanoma. T1a means the melanoma is small, thin, and is without evidence of ulceration. These are all favorable characteristics.

Generally a melanoma is treated with a wide local incision to remove the tumor as well as some surrounding normal tissue.

The next step in management is surveillance including regular Checkup with a dermatologist and oncologist. This is an early stage melanoma and has a high likelihood of cure.

Please let me know if I can help you with any additional concerns.

Dr Galamaga
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