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Not Just Another Day at the Beach

Decision-Making and the Treatment of Malignant Melanoma


Author(s)

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 Areas

N/A

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, General public & informal education

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Interrupted, Student Presentations

Language

English

Subject Headings

Biology (General)  |   Medicine (General)  |  


Date Posted

12/19/03

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