• What is severe atypia? My doctor is saying it is “not cancer”, but “resonating melanoma”. What does that mean?

    Asked by Sunnysideup on Thursday, January 31, 2013

    What is severe atypia? My doctor is saying it is “not cancer”, but “resonating melanoma”. What does that mean?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Atypia literally means atypical or abnormal. All cancer cells are abnormal, but not all abnormal cells are cancerous. I have no idea what resonating melanoma is. Resonance usually refers to an imaging technique, such as an MRI that using magnetic resonance to create a 3D image.

      about 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Sunnysideup, atypical cells are abnormal cells that can be found anywhere in the body. When a cell is described as resonant it simply means that it is mimicking or echoing. In your case you have abnormal cells that are mimicking melanoma cells. Hope this clarifies his statement, Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago

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