Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans can be successfully treated

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans is a rare skin cancer that appears as a malignant tumor in the second layer of the skin, called the dermis.

It is a slow growing tumor and often goes a long time before a person has it examined by a professional.

It is most successfully surgically removed by Mohs microscopic surgery.

Who gets it?

It is quite uncommon, but occurs slightly more in males than females.

Although it occurs mostly in adults, it can occur at any age.

What are the signs or symptoms?

This slow-growing rare skin cancer appears as a tumor and is most often seen on the trunk of the body such as the chest, back or abdomen; however it may also occur on the hands, feet, legs, arms, head or neck.

It starts out as a very small bump on the surface of the skin. It sometimes appears reddish-blue or reddish-brown in color.

From that point it undergoes a period of rapid growth and becomes a more noticeable mass. The mass then bulges more outward. The area becomes tender and may sometimes bleed because the outer layer of skin is being stretched tightly over the mass.

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans usually does not metastasize to other parts of the body.

What is the method of diagnoses?

The initial growth of this tumor is so slow that it takes a few years, sometimes, before the patient seeks diagnosis.

A doctor will perform a biopsy by removing a sample of the affected tissue and sending it to a lab for a microscopic examination.

The lab is able to determine if the cells are characteristic of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.

How is it treated?

As well as other types of skin cancers, it is often treated with wide excision which means the tumor is surgically removed as well as a large amount of other surrounding tissue.

Another surgical option is Mohs surgery and has been very effective. It is a microscopically controlled surgery which is very effective in reducing the recurrence rate with a better cosmetic outcome.

Chemotherapy has not been shown to be effective because the tumor grows so slowly.

For some patients radiation therapy is recommended.

What about follow up?

After being treated, it is important to maintain your follow up appointments.

If this cancer is going to recur it is more likely to happen within the first three years.

My opinion from my own experiences is that you should begin a very healthy diet and lifestyle as a way to distance yourself from all disease.

It would be wise to consult with an alternative professional about diet and supplements.

That is what I did and I have survived from stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma since 1990.


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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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