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Not Just Another Day at the Beach

Decision-Making and the Treatment of Malignant Melanoma



Author:

Karen T. Lee
Department of Biology
Univeristy at Pittsburgh at Johnstown
ktlee@pitt.edu

Abstract:

Students read about a case of melanoma that occurred over 10 years ago and then discuss issues faced by cancer patients and their families in making difficult medical decisions. Because the case presented is 10 years old, changes since then in the way intractable cancers like melanoma are diagnosed and treated also can be explored. The case was designed for a lower-division undergraduate course in general biology, but could be used with more advanced students.

Objectives:
  • To define the terminology associated with cancer.
  • To understand the staging, treatment, and causes of melanoma.
  • To highlight some of the progress made in the staging and treatment of cancer since the real incident the case is based on took place.
  • To experience decision making from the point of view of a patient.
Keywords: Skin cancer; malignant melanoma; malignancy; biopsy; tumor; cancer staging; sentinel lymph node dissection
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, General public & informal education
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Interrupted, Student Presentations
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Medicine (General)  
Date Posted: 12/19/03
Date Modified: N/A
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