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Does melanoma originates in the lymph node?

My husband may be dx with Melanoma he had a biopsy done last Tuesday and the early report from pathology states that he may have melonoma. He had his right ingunial lump node removed and we so know more this Monday or Tuesday. He for the most part don't feel sick he has a lot of back pain but nothing beside some burning in the abdomen area. But the pathologist states that cancer did not orginate in the lymph node it started some where else in the body. What is your feeling
Thu, 2 Apr 2015
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Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer with origin from melanocytes which are pigment containing cells in the skin. These cells proliferate and become cancerous. When cancer is formed, it is aggressive in nature and even if the primary tumor is removed through surgery, the cells remain and spread to different parts of the body through blood flow and lymph nodes. When the cells reach the lymph node then it starts to proliferate once again and then the cancer spreads. Therefore your doctor is right in saying that the cancer is elsewhere and has spread to lymph node. This requires to be treated at the earliest. Please follow up with his doctor regularly even if he does not have any symptoms.

It will help to do a complete head to toe clinical examination and then look carefully for any suspicious skin cancer. The can be of many types and colors and he must consult the oncosurgeon. Please do not worry.
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