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Malignant Melanoma

In this article, we have covered the following aspects of Maligant Melanoma:

  • Best Hospitals in India for Treatment of Malignant Melanoma
  • Top Oncologists for treating Malignant Melanoma
  • Cost of Treatment in India
  • Understanding Malignant Melanoma

Best Doctors and Hospitals in India for Treatment of Malignant Melanoma

Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for the treatment of Malignant Melanoma.
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Doctor ImageDr. NameSpecialtyHospital AssociatedContact DoctorCity
Dr. Vinod RainaDr. Vinod Raina Medical OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr. Ashok Kumar VaidDr. Ashok Kumar VaidMedical OncologistMedanta - The MedicityContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr Rakesh ChopraDr. Rakesh ChopraMedical OncologistArtemis HospitalContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr RajasundaramDr RajasundaramMedical OncologistGlobal HospitalsContact DoctorChennai
Dr Bellarmine LawrenceDr Bellarmine Vincent LawrenceMedical OncologistGlobal HospitalsContact DoctorChennai
Dr Amit AgarwalDr. Amit AgarwalMedical OncologistBLK Super Specialty HospitalContact DoctorDelhi
Dr Niti Raizada NarangDr. Niti Raizada NarangMedical OncologistFortis HospitalContact DoctorBangalore
Dr Boman DhabharDr. Boman Nariman DhabharMedical OncologistWockhardt HospitalsContact DoctorMumbai

Cost of Treatment

Unfortunately, we are not able to share the cost of this treatment as we are still awaiting response from few hospitals before publishing the cost. However, you may share your medical reports and we will share the cost of treatment from the hospital recommended for you.

Understanding Malignant Melanoma

  • Malignant melanoma is a neoplasm of melanocytes or of cells that develop from melanocytes
  • Although it was once considered uncommon, the annual incidence has increased dramatically in past few decades
  • Queensland, Australia, has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world
  • It is more common in whites as compared to blacks and Asians
  • Sixth most common in women & fifth most common malignancy in men
  • Melanoma may occur at any age
  • Melanomas have two growth phases, radial and vertical. With time, most melanomas progress to the vertical growth phase, in which the malignant cells invade the dermis and develop the ability to metastasize
  • Clinically, lesions are classified according to their depth, as follows:
    • Thin: 1 mm or less
    • Moderate: 1-4 mm
    • Thick: >4 mm

Types of Malignant Melanoma

There are five different histologic types, of melanoma:

  1. Superficial spreading melanomas (70%)
  2. Nodular melanomas (10-15%)
  3. Lentigo maligna melanomas (10-15%)
  4. Acral lentiginous melanomas
  5. Mucosal lentiginous melanomas(3%)

Diagnosing Malignant Melanoma

The following laboratory studies are indicated:

  • Complete blood count
  • Complete biochemistry panel (liver function & kidney function test)
  • Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)

The following imaging modalities may be considered:

  • Chest radiography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain
  • Ultrasonography
  • Computed tomography of the chest, abdomen, or pelvis
  • Positron emission tomography

Specific procedures to be done in the workup include the following:

  • Complete excisional biopsy of a suggestive lesion
  • Surgical excision
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy or SLNB ( A sentinel lymph node is defined as the first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor )

Management of Malignant Melanoma

  • Surgery is the mainstream treatment for early-stage melanoma
  • Medical management is reserved for adjuvant therapy in patients with advanced melanoma

By stage, standard treatment options for melanoma are as follows:

  • Stage 0 – Excision
  • Stage I -Excision
  • Stage II-Excision
  • Resectable stage III – Excision, with or without lymph node management; adjuvant therapy and immunotherapy
  • Unresectable stage III, stage IV, and recurrent melanoma – treatment includes systemic therapy; patients with brain metastases require treatment of the central nervous disease

Note (for foreign patients):

Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.

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