Johns Hopkins Patients' Guide To Head And Neck Cancer by Christine G. Gourin

By Christine G. Gourin

Johns Hopkins sufferers' advisor to Uterine melanoma is a concise, easy-to-follow “how to” advisor that places you on a route to wellbeing by way of explaining uterine melanoma remedy from begin to end. It courses you thru the overpowering maze of therapy judgements, simplifies the advanced time table that lies forward, and plays the duty of placing jointly your plan of care in layman's phrases. Empower your self with actual, comprehensible info that would provide the skill to hopefully perform the choice making approximately your care and therapy.

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In both staging systems the depth of invasion is used to describe the primary (skin) tumor. Breslow thickness of invasion has replaced the Clark level as the more accurate method of measuring tumor penetration. Measurement of tumor thickness requires complete excision of the primary melanoma tumor to determine the exact stage, not just a biopsy. The presence or absence of ulceration of the surface of the tumor is an important prognostic sign that influences staging. Node staging is 24 First Steps—I’ve Been Diagnosed with Head and€Neck Cancer based on number of lymph nodes or the presence of satellite metastases—small deposits of tumor surrounding the primary tumor that are not continuous, or part of, the primary tumor.

46 Taking Action—Comprehensive Treatment Considerations Neck dissection Neck dissection is a term for lymph node removal. In head and neck cancer, the primary site is the area where the tumor originates and when these tumors spread to lymph nodes, the lymph nodes in the neck, also called cervical lymph nodes, are the first areas that cancers may drain to. Some patients may present with an enlarged cervical lymph node, which may be the first sign of head and neck cancer. When patients with head and neck cancer have enlarged lymph nodes that can be palpated on examination, we say they have “node-positive” disease.

The doctor will provide you with a lot of information about your diagnosis, treatment options, and side effects. You may not be able to process it all or you may feel overwhelmed by the information. The person with you serves as a second set of ears and can take notes so you can review it again later after you’ve had time to process the information you’ve been given. What Questions to Ask During Your Visit Having a list of questions prepared in advance is helpful in making the time you have with the doctor as efficient and optimal as possible.

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