Dr. Michael Atkins, medical oncologist, talks about how patients are benefiting from the latest research in melanoma and answers the most commonly asked questions about the disease. Click "Show More" to see the list of questions and links to specific questions.
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0:00-3:12 meet Dr. Michael Atkins meet Dr. Michael Atkins
3:12 What is melanoma?
3:54 Why did I get melanoma?
5:17 What other forms of skin cancer exist besides melanoma?
5:42 What is the risk of my melanoma spreading or coming back?
7:53 How does melanoma recur? Is it a new spot on the skin?
8:50 My CT scan shows no sign of melanoma. Does that mean it hasn’t spread to distant sites?
9:55 How can you detect melanoma recurrence early?
11:18 What can I do to keep my melanoma from coming back?
12:08 How have melanoma treatments progressed in recent years?
16:45 What are the characteristics of a melanoma on the skin?
17:47 If I have a mole that’s changing what should I do?
18:32 What is metastatic melanoma?
19:36 Can melanoma happen without a mole or mark on my skin?
20:33 Is metastatic melanoma curable?
21:26 How do you treat metastatic melanoma?
23:38 What are the side effects of melanoma treatments?
25:50 Are these melanoma treatments covered by insurance?
27:02 If the medications are not covered by insurance can they be covered by the research study?
27:36 Why should I come to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for the treatment of melanoma?
29:04 What different doctors will I see for melanoma treatment?
29:50 What is the role of research and how you’re treating melanoma now?