Author | Ilya Petrou, M.D.


Physicians take critical look at AJCC staging system, melanoma prognostication tool

September 01, 2012

The latest melanoma staging system from the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and a tool developed for predicting the clinical outcome of individual patients with localized or regional cutaneous melanoma ( have stirred debate among dermatopathologists.

Merkel cell carcinoma therapy depends on tumor stage, patient health

August 01, 2012

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a neuroendocrine tumor of the skin that is very aggressive and potentially lethal. As such, treatment approaches and disease management should also be aggressive and appropriately address the patient's disease and symptoms. Treatment choices depend on the stage of the tumor, however, as well as the general health of the affected patient.

Tangential biopsy can exact accurate diagnosis of melanonychia

August 01, 2012

A tangential biopsy performed on melanonychia may often be the superior biopsy technique in exacting an accurate diagnosis of suspect lesions, according to Nilton Di Chiacchio, M.D., department of dermatology, Hospital of Public Service, Sao Paulo.

Nd:YAG laser with temperature control clears onychomycosis

August 01, 2012

A new laser approach is proving highly effective in the treatment of onychomycosis, offering patients a new therapeutic option for this sometimes difficult-to-treat condition, said Jill S. Waibel, M.D., at the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.