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Question on Mitotic

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      I was dx’d with 0.58mm superficial melanoma. Mitotic 1, regression and Til Brisk.

      I would like to understand what mitotic means and what impact it has with melanoma, when I google it all says it’s best to have zero (gets me on the worry wagon)

      Kind regards


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          Hi, I am sorry that you have joined our club of Melanoma Warriors.

          Mitotic rate indicates how many cancerous cells are dividing . The higher, the more prone to spreading the cells are.

          However, from what I understand, mitotic rate is not taken into account anymore in the latest staging standards for Melanoma. Besides, the mitotic rate and definition is very vague and tests have shown that if you give the same sample to a bunch of pathologist, each will come up with a different mitotic rate, hence not reproducable.

          So you should not worry.

          All the best


            If I recall correctly it was the suspected rate of change but it does not hold a lot of weight. The overall staging is much more important. Assuming your melanoma was removed, you are continuing to seek derm visits as advised, and you are avoiding sun exposure you are doing everything you should be. Do not be surprised if you have more mole removals in your future.
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