This week was really unproductive for me, I wasn’t mentally in the state of mind in which I could function properly. There was just a lot of stress because of college admissions decisions coming out and it really got to me. My advisors were very supportive and kept me going.
This week, I’ll talk about stage 2 of melanoma. If you recall, stage 1 melanoma was broken down into 2 substages. Stage 2 melanoma, on the other hand, is broken down into three substages: 2A, 2B, and 2C.
Stage 2A can be identified if the melanoma is ulcerated and between 1 and 2 mm thickness, or if it is not ulcerated and between 2 and 4 mm thickness. By the TNM staging method, 2A is either T2b, N0, M0 or T3a, N0, M0.
Stage 2B can be identified if the melanoma is ulcerated and between 2 and 4 mm thickness, or if it is thicker than 4mm but not ulcerated. The TNM system would depict this as T3b, N0, M0 or T4a, N0, M0.
Stage 2C can be identified if the melanoma is ulcerated and thicker than 4 mm. This is notated in the TNM system as T4b, N0, M0.
“Melanoma Skin Cancer.” Stage 2 | Melanoma | Cancer Research UK, 12 Nov. 2015, www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/melanoma/stages-types/stage-2.