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Best Practices For Diagnosing Cancer In Nails


Summary: At last year’s A+MD Symposia, Dr. Phoebe Rich presented on the topic of cancer surrounding fingernails and toenails. She described symptoms to look for, and procedures to catch the disease early. This article highlights some of the key points and information shared during her presentation.

Looks can be deceiving

Dermatologists need an understanding of the underlying causes of nail symptoms in order to accurately treat conditions.  Patients may usually form these conditions from factors that are not a form of cancer cells.  Symptoms like inflammation, infections, drug side effects, and trauma are most common in nail issues, but not exclusively.  Consequently, knowing the signs of squamous or melanoma symptoms is important.  Dr. Rich explains some of these factors to help you discern cancerous symptoms from more regular forms of nail problems.    Continue Reading


Brachytherapy – The new era of radiotherapy

Dr. Werschler from Spokane Dermatology Clinic chats with a patient about Brachytherapy.

Summary: At last year’s A+MD Symposia, Dr. Rakesh Patel shared an engaging presentation on brachytherapy. This article highlights some of the key points and information shared during his presentation.

Doctors need a broad set of tools to fight skin cancer:

Doctors diagnose skin cancer more than any other type. Over the last decade, scientist have developed innovative and less intrusive procedures. With skin cancer procedures growing at an estimated rate of 4-6 percent a year, doctors need as many tools in our toolkit as possible to treat out patients. Continue Reading


Re-thinking the way we treat actinic keratosis


Summary: At the A+D Symposia 2016, Doctor George Martin lectured on two novel and effective ways to treat actinic keratosis. This article presents a high level overview of Dr. Martin’s presentation.

Many people with an actinic keratosis will need field therapy beyond the usual liquid nitrogen treatment.  These field therapies are often longer term treatments, with side effects that are both painful and can take long periods of time to heal.  We have in America a lot of different field therapy treatment options for treating AK’s (actinic keratosis).
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Psoriasis: Reaching for PASI 100

Psoriasis : Reaching for PASI 100

Summary: At last year’s A+MD Symposia, Dr. Andrew Blauvelt shared a very engaging presentation on psoriasis and why he believes dermatologists should shoot for 100% clearance – or PASI 100. This article highlights some of the key points and information shared during his presentation.

Teaching science to practitioners in a way that’s “not so esoteric that your eyes glaze over” is a bit of a passion for Dr. Blauvelt. The objective is to help them understand the mechanism of action* in therapies, which will help them understand how it can tie into potential side effects a patient might experience, and ultimately help them find the right fit for their patients. In this case Dr. Blauvelt believes the right fit is doing what’s necessary to reach for 100% clearance of psoriasis for patients.
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