Dermatologists should work to gain a better understanding of immunologic pathways as well as the mechanisms of new and evolving immunotherapies, as these are key for understanding many current and emerging melanoma treatments, one expert says.
Ilya Petrou, MD
Laser-assisted drug delivery used to fractionally ablate the target area prior to topical medical treatment can be useful in patients with widespread actinic damage, says this expert.
Read about the recent advancements in noninvasive imaging modalities that are making an impact on dermatological care.
Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has classically been performed for regional disease control and to hopefully prevent disease metastasis; however, according to this expert, there has not been any good evidence to support this practice.
Better awareness in disease progression and improved understanding of field cancerization has shifted the thinking in management of patients with squamous cell carcinoma.
Learn about the most important surgical and medical advancements in skin cancer treatments as they developed over time.
Molecular assays have been proven to assist in the diagnosis and prognosis of malignant melanoma. One expert expects that these molecular assays will play a central role in the future treatment and management of malignant melanoma.
Continued psoriasis research has led to a translational revolution in inflammatory skin diseases. As a result, there are now a number of safer and more effective medications that can address a growing list of common immune-mediated skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, vitiligo, hidradenitis suppurativa, acne, and rosacea.
There have been major technological advances in optical imaging techniques over the last decade, but the dermatoscope remains the diagnostic tool of choice for the quick and accurate imaging of pigmented skin lesions. Find out why in this article.
Continued research has led to a variety of melanoma immunotherapy medications, leading to improved survival of melanoma patients. Clinicians should have a firm grasp of the immune mechanisms behind these novel therapies to provide the best advice on treatment and management options of their melanoma patients