How to Treat Metastasized Melanoma Skin Lesions

How to Treat Metastasized Melanoma Skin Lesions

How to Treat Metastasized Melanoma Skin Lesions in Nashville

Melanoma is one thing to talk about - but another to experience. As a dermatologist in Nashville, I’ve done my best to bring awareness to it, but sometimes, it still gets the better of us. About seven years ago in Nashville, we lost a wonderful woman to melanoma after she gave birth to her son. I walked through the process with her, and it truly pained me to see her struggle emotionally as well as physically.

One of her biggest physical issues was the metastasis of the melanoma to her skin. By melanoma spreading to her skin, it meant she had to deal with painful and unsightly lesions, and at times she could not even stand to look at herself. Frequently, she would come to me in earnest to request if I could remove the lesions - if for nothing else, cosmetic reasons.

While it still pains me today to know that we lost her to melanoma, it’s comforting to know that new treatments are being regarded as effective for treating these cosmetic concerns and help bolster confidence. Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is now an effective local treatment for cutaneous metastasis of melanoma i.e. the growth of cancer cells in the skin originating from an internal cancer. Treatment involves the administration of chemotherapeutic drugs, followed by delivery of electrical pulses to the tumour. 

A recent study published by the British Journal of Dermatology sought out to investigate the effectiveness of ECT in cutaneous metastases of melanoma, and to identify factors which affect the outcome. The study found that ECT is a highly effective local treatment for melanoma metastases in the skin, with no severe adverse effects. In the presence of certain clinical factors, ECT may even be considered for local tumour control as an alternative to established local treatments, or as a supplementary option to systemic treatments.

I think this is a great option for melanoma patients dealing with the spread to the skin. While it isn’t going to cure them, the effects that I’ve witnessed firsthand through my Nashville patients having to deal with it, render ECT a suitable way to deal with the cosmetic concerns. The more obstacles dermatologists can remove to our patient’s happiness, the better.

The way forward? Prevention. This May for Melanoma month, Skin Solutions Dermatology is proud to partner with the American Academy of Dermatology to offer free SPOTme Skin Cancer Screenings at various locations for the month of May. Screenings are available at our Smyrna, Hendersonville, Pulaski, and Franklin locations!

Please call these locations to schedule your free SPOTme Skin Cancer Screening. It is important to remember that only 2 to 4 screenings are offered a day, and only with select providers on select days. Since availability is limited, please call us soon!

If you’d like to book an appointment with a dermatologist, feel free to visit any of our Skin Solutions Dermatology branches in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: British Journal of Dermatology

Related Buzz: These Harmful Sun Rays Could Be Damaging Your Skin, Learn How to Spot Warning Signs of Melanoma

Share this

Dr Pena

About The Author

Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD