How to Use the Principle of Hydrodissection in Skin Cancer Surgery

If you perform skin cancer surgery in your practice, you might be interested to see the 1-minute video below with experienced skin cancer doctor Hamilton Ayres. Dr Ayres uses the principle of hydrodissection to remove a lesion on a patient’s ear. The injected fluid helps to separate the tissue planes and facilitates excision. Continue reading “How to Use the Principle of Hydrodissection in Skin Cancer Surgery”

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [4 September]

This week we have another engaging case discussion from Dr Slavko Doslo. A 76-year-old patient presented for ROS.

What do you think of this clinical image? What is your impression? (Ignore the adjacent scar).

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A Quick Guide to Pivotal Flaps [Part 1]

Pivotal flaps can be a preferable excision method for lesions which can’t be excised using an ellipse. However this method requires a great degree of planning as considerable tension may be present and extensive undermining needed to close the excision without tension. In the short video below (Part I), surgical lecturer Tony Dicker demonstrates how to plan and perform a pivotal flap with optimal outcomes. This is a video sample from the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer SurgeryContinue reading “A Quick Guide to Pivotal Flaps [Part 1]”

Skin Cancer Update with A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [August]

Melanoma

In this skin cancer update, Associate Professor Giuseppe Argenziano discusses the findings of a study from May 2017 about the accuracy of pathologists’ diagnoses of melanoma.

The study found that the accuracy and reproducibility of the pathologists’ results were very low – in some cases, accuracy was just 25 percent.

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Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [7 August]

Case discussion_Slavko Doslo

This week we have another case discussion from Dr Slavko Doslo. It is about an elderly man presenting for reasons unrelated to his skin. A full skin check is done and these clinical and dermoscopic images are taken. How do you evaluate them?

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Acral and Mucosal Melanomas Completely Distinct from Skin Melanoma

acral and mucosal melanomas

Genetic changes in melanomas on the hands and feet (acral) and internal surfaces (mucosal) are completely different to the mutations found in skin melanoma, according to a study forming part of the Australian Melanoma Genome Project. The findings confirm the diseases as being very distinct from each other.

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Melanoma Treatments: Early Findings of Three Clinical Trials

immunotherapy

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently brought together around 30,000 oncology professionals for its annual meeting, which this year focused on the latest research in melanoma treatments. Of particular interest were the findings of a number of recent studies and clinical trials that tested the safety and efficacy of various skin cancer treatments.

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Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [30 July]

case discussion-slavko

This week’s case discussion is about an elderly man presenting for reasons unrelated to his skin. A full skin check is done and these clinical and dermoscopic images are taken. How do you evaluate them?

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Skin Cancer Update with A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [August]

Skin Cancer Update

A multi-centre study has explored the prevalence of melanoma on hairy scalps in comparison to bald scalps. Associate Professor Giuseppe Argenziano explains in this skin cancer update video that – while around 76 percent of scalp melanomas are found on people with thinning or no hair – a quarter appear on people with hairy scalps.

Scalp melanoma can be aggressive and has a poorer prognosis compared to melanoma found elsewhere on the body, because scalp melanoma is generally thicker at the time of diagnosis. It also looks different depending on where it is located on the scalp itself, making it trickier to identify. Continue reading “Skin Cancer Update with A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [August]”

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [24 July]

Case discussion - Slavko Doslo

This week’s case discussion is about an elderly man presenting with a cough. On examination, both a basal cell carcinoma and the pigmented lesion shown here were noted.

What is your assessment? Is there anything to be concerned about? Continue reading “Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [24 July]”