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Are all anal melanomas considered mucosal?

Forums Mucosal Melanoma Community Are all anal melanomas considered mucosal?

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    RGal
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      I'm getting small bits of information from my mother regarding my father's diagnosis.  His melanoma is now in his lungs so we are waiting on pathology so they can come up w a treatment plan.  Is there a separate support group for ano-rectal melanomas?

      Thank you.

       

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        CHD
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          A melanoma in the anorectal area is mucosal.  I'm not a doctor but the only exception I can see to this would be if it were far enough away, on the skin outside the anorectal region, that it might in fact be in the category of cutaneous (on normal skin).   For example, most vulvovaginal melanomas are considered mucosal, but if it is on the outer vulva it may in fact be cutaneous and not mucosal.  But generally they are mucosal, as are anorectal melanomas. 

          I don't know of a support group specific to that type of melanoma, or in fact even a support group for mucosal melanoma.  It would be great to have one, though.  It is a subtype of melanoma that does have its own unique set of challenges.

            Make2DayCount
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              There is an excellent private support group on Facebook for mucosal melanoma warriors and caregivers.  A bunch of us there are sharing information and support.  

              Make2DayCount
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                There is an excellent private support group on Facebook for mucosal melanoma warriors and caregivers.  A bunch of us there are sharing information and support.  

                Margaret3
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                  Please tell me how to join this private facebook group. I was just diagnosed. Thank you.
                  Make2DayCount
                  Participant

                    There is an excellent private support group on Facebook for mucosal melanoma warriors and caregivers.  A bunch of us there are sharing information and support.  

                  CHD
                  Participant

                    A melanoma in the anorectal area is mucosal.  I'm not a doctor but the only exception I can see to this would be if it were far enough away, on the skin outside the anorectal region, that it might in fact be in the category of cutaneous (on normal skin).   For example, most vulvovaginal melanomas are considered mucosal, but if it is on the outer vulva it may in fact be cutaneous and not mucosal.  But generally they are mucosal, as are anorectal melanomas. 

                    I don't know of a support group specific to that type of melanoma, or in fact even a support group for mucosal melanoma.  It would be great to have one, though.  It is a subtype of melanoma that does have its own unique set of challenges.

                    CHD
                    Participant

                      A melanoma in the anorectal area is mucosal.  I'm not a doctor but the only exception I can see to this would be if it were far enough away, on the skin outside the anorectal region, that it might in fact be in the category of cutaneous (on normal skin).   For example, most vulvovaginal melanomas are considered mucosal, but if it is on the outer vulva it may in fact be cutaneous and not mucosal.  But generally they are mucosal, as are anorectal melanomas. 

                      I don't know of a support group specific to that type of melanoma, or in fact even a support group for mucosal melanoma.  It would be great to have one, though.  It is a subtype of melanoma that does have its own unique set of challenges.

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