Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Immune-based therapy elicits remission of metastatic melanoma lesions
Clinical trials with a novel immune-based therapy known as PV-10 (Provectus Pharmaceuticals) shows promise in the treatment of advanced melanoma.
Improved interspecialty communication enhances care
Effective communication between medical specialists is necessary to ensure that all patients receive proper care. But the recent healthcare reform, combined with insurance cost issues, oftentimes results in dermatologic patients seeking care at emergency rooms or primary care facilities. It is the responsibility of physicians of all specialties to meet this challenge and improve interspecialty communications for the benefit of all patients.
Communication, negotiation skills key to attaining career achievements
Good communication and negotiating skills are the cornerstones to any productive relationship, including those with patients, office staff and leaders in the cosmetic industry. Understanding the importance of cultivating these skills can help to build a solid foundation for harmonious, long-lasting and fruitful working relationships.
Malignant transformation of nevi unlikely in pregnant patients
Melanocytic nevi always have the potential to change in size, shape and color regardless of when they first appear in the skin, or the age of the patient. A recent study shows that though some nevi demonstrate dynamic change throughout a pregnancy, there does not appear to be an increased risk of malignant transformation of these nevi, nor is there an association between changing nevi and melanoma.
Skin substitute presents therapeutic option for venous leg ulcers
Regardless of etiology, lower-extremity ulcers can be very challenging to treat, and patients may sometimes require more than the body's own natural healing abilities to close them. Dermagraft (Advanced BioHealing) is a bioengineered skin substitute that helps achieve rapid closure of lower-extremity ulcers and, according to one expert, surpasses similar products on the market.
First staging system for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma approved
Although not as common as basal cell carcinoma (BCC), cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) can metastasize and exhibit more aggressive growth patterns than BCC. As a result, many experts have called for an improved staging system for cSCC to determine prognosis of tumors.
Hypnosis can improve patients' pain experience
The pain patients perceive during and after dermatologic or cosmetic procedures can sometimes be difficult to manage. Hypnosis is one technique that can significantly calm patients before and during surgery, as well as substantially reduce — and possibly even eliminate — perioperative pain.
High-dose capsaicin patch reduces postherpetic neuralgia
A single, one hour-long application of a high-dose capsaicin patch recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not only proves to significantly reduce pain in patients suffering from postherpetic neuralgia, but also maintains its analgesic effect for up to three months.
Acupuncture aids in easing pain stemming from dermatologic conditions
Many different approaches are used to manage pain in medicine, and most therapies are pharmacologically based. Acupuncture is one therapeutic modality that can be used as a viable treatment option for painful diseases and conditions (including those seen in dermatology) without the occurrence of the adverse events that can take place with topical, oral or intravenous drug therapies.
Research needed to determine how often adverse events occur in dermatology
Adverse events (AEs) following dermatologic procedures are a real possibility. However, the frequency of these events in dermatologic practice remains an unknown. Only after establishing which AEs occur and how often they appear can dermatologists begin to put forth sound preventive strategies to keep these unwanted events to a minimum, improving surgical outcomes in patients.

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