• Is Clarks Level 1V dignosis the same as stage 4. I was just diagnosed with Maligament Melanoma.

    Asked by bojangles on Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Is Clarks Level 1V dignosis the same as stage 4. I was just diagnosed with Maligament Melanoma.

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    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      No it isn't. This website describes the difference between Clark's Level and Staging: http://melanomaresources.info/newlydiagnosed.html

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      No. The Clark level refers to how deep the tumor has penetrated into the layers of the skin. The stage is based on factors as the tumor’s size, thickness, and the appearance of the skin on and around it and whether the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body.

      over 4 years ago
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      carm

      Hello, I am an oncology/end of life nurse and maybe I can shed some light on the answer you seek. In a way thes two types are the same, and yet different. There are several staging systems used with melanoma. Clark's level scores the primary melanoma lesion according to levels I to V that describe the penetration into the various layers of the skin. Breslows thickness measures the actual vertical thickness of the lesion in millimeters. TNM staging, which is the second one you mentioned and the one most used in all cancers, uses the Clark level and Breslow thickness measurements and involvement of lymph nodes, any presence of ulceration, and distant metastasis to assign stages. So in effect, with melanoma, the stages are combined. I hope I have cleared it up a bit. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      I've never heard of "Clarks" level 1V..... I was diagnosed with Stage IV (the letters IV) = Stage 4. Ovarian Cancer. Almost 7 years ago. I was told I had approximatly 6 months... The doctor then did surgery... He removed all the cancer, a 39 lb right ovary and a normal left one. Then he sectioned and sliced cancer from the outside of my intestine, and euretha... I received two years (approximately) of chemo, which has left me with numb fingers and feet. My hair is too thin to wear, but Paulayoung.com makes a fabulous selection of wigs at great prices. And the best thing.... I have remained cancer free!!!! Please ask God to take your hand, let him know you're scared...tell Him you'll follow if he'll lead. My fear left immediately and he is still holding my hand tightly. God bless you. p.s. Hope you weren't badly affected by Sandy.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      Well I'm going to have to read others responses prior to answering.... Don't know when I decided I knew everything... I surely surely don't. Sorry for adding confusion!

      over 4 years ago
    • KRBaum's Avatar
      KRBaum

      No, it is not the same. I was Clark Level 4 also! I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma just two months ago or so now. My stage ended up being stage 3B, and I just finished my second surgery. The clark stage is used to determine how deep the tumor is, I know I was just as confused when they told me. I wasn't given a stage number either when I was diagnosed, only a clark level number. Did they tell you how deep your tumor was? Mine was 4.5 mm, that's a key number for your pathology and treatment plan. Praying for you!

      over 4 years ago

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