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What is Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (ALM)?

Living a full, healthy, and happy life — not just surviving — starts with knowing vital information about your disease and the available treatment options.

Acral lentiginous melanoma is a form of malignant melanoma, which develops when the skin cells called melanocytes become cancerous. Melanocytes are melanin- or pigment-producing neural crest-derived cells. In this type of malignancy, the word “acral” means the occurrence of melanoma on the palms of the hand or soles of the feet. Meanwhile, “lentiginous” refers to the spot or irregularity that is much darker than the surrounding skin.

Acral lentiginous melanoma is the most common form of melanoma among people with darker skin and those of Asian descent. However, it can still affect people of all skin types and races.

What are the Signs of Acral Lentiginous Melanoma?

Here at New Hope Unlimited, among the intentions of our cancer care team and alternative skin cancer treatment is to target the root cause and symptoms of acral lentiginous melanoma.

The most visible symptom is a dark spot of skin surrounded by a patient’s normal skin color on or around the hands, feet, or nail beds. However, ALM spots are not always dark-colored or dark at all. Some spots may appear orange or red, which scientists call amelanotic (non-pigmented).

Furthermore, the following five signs may help determine whether a spot is suspicious for ALM:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border irregularity
  • Color variation
  • Large diameter
  • Evolving or changing

Pain and a nail streak that damages the fingernail are two additional symptoms that may occur.

What Caused Your Skin Cancer?

Unlike other types of melanoma, acral lentiginous melanoma is not associated with excess UVA and UVB exposure. Instead, genetic mutations may contribute to its development.

How Do Doctors Diagnose Acral Lentiginous Melanoma?

Acral lentiginous melanoma in situ is often not dangerous and only becomes life-threatening if an invasive melanoma develops within it. To find cancer early and improve an acral lentiginous melanoma prognosis, a doctor will conduct some tests, including:

  • Medical history and physical examination
  • Dermatoscopy
  • Biopsy or sample tissue removal for testing
  • Imaging studies to detect distant metastasis:
    • Computed tomography (CT) scan
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

If you receive an acral lentiginous melanoma diagnosis, the next most crucial step is to plan your treatment.

Choose New Hope Unlimited — Your Customized Cancer Treatment Provider

As leading specialists in conventional and holistic skin cancer treatments, New Hope Unlimited is dedicated to being a reputable source of comprehensive care for acral lentiginous melanoma. We understand how challenging it is to treat such a rare disease. The responsibility demands a tremendous amount of medical training, skill, and experience, all of which our cancer care team takes pride in having.

Contact us now to schedule your consultation. With our guidance, there is new hope in beating melanoma.

Our Approach

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Our Patient-Centric Medical Facilities

At New Hope Unlimited, we pride ourselves in providing superior comfort, cleanliness, and cancer care at our 8,000 square foot medical treatment center in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. We worked with renowned architects and contractors to create the ideal space for recovery, which includes state-of-the-art lounge areas and spacious private in-rooms that assure the comfort of our patients and their loved ones.

To make our patients feel right at home, we equip each private ward with high-definition U.S. television, quality bedding, and high-speed internet connection. And with proper nutrition playing a vital role in cancer recovery, New Hope Unlimited also fulfills the dietary needs of each patient using fresh, organic produce to prepare breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners.

Comfort and cleanliness are also strictly implemented in our medical treatment rooms, which are equipped with the latest medical supplies and technology to provide the highest standard of care and treatment. Our medical center also has an in-house Hyperbaric Chamber, a well-established therapy for decompression sickness, exclusively available for our patients’ use.

Further, New Hope Unlimited has maintained its exceptional partnership with Hospital Migoo, a medical group composed of certified physicians and specialists committed to our patients’ care and well-being.

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FAQs

1. What are the complications of acral lentiginous melanoma?

Without treatment, advanced acral lentiginous melanoma may require surgically removing parts of your hands or feet to stop the cancer from progressing further. Among our goals here at New Hope Unlimited is to prevent the need for amputation.

2. What specific treatments does New Hope Unlimited offer?

From advanced botanical therapy to something as simple yet essential as nutritional guidance, know more about your potential acral lentiginous melanoma alternative treatments here.

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