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Paweł Pietkiewicz

Greater Poland Cancer Center

Dr. Pietkiewicz is a board-certified dermatovenereologist (UEMS-EBDV) and an enthusiast of dermatoscopy. He earned his MD and Ph.D. from Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland. He is a recipient of Michael Hornstein Memorial EADV Scholarship, SDF Grant, Euroderm Excellence Grant, BSPD Grant, EADO Fellowship, Sapienza University of Rome Fellowship, and Eli Lilly Grant.


Basal Cell Carcinoma Squamous Cell Carcinoma Melanoma Melanocytoma Clear Cell Acanthoma Seborrheic Keratosis Follicular Tumours Sweat Gland Tumours Applying Context to Dermatoscopy Dermatoscopy of Special Sites Risk Groups to Follow-up Performing a Proper Skin Check

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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in humans with worldwide incidence constantly on the rise. Coupled with an aging population, cutaneous neoplasm poses a serious problem in regard to the mortality, costs of healthcare systems, and patient's quality of life. Dermatoscopy is based on the phenomenon of Rayleigh scattering in the skin. It was developed as a non-invasive diagnostic modality and, even though initially aimed at early melanoma detection, it enhances the detectability of all types of skin cancer. Implementation of the polarized light into the dermatoscopic allowed the visualization of the new polarizing-dependent structures, and become a renaissance of the method, and was one of the pivotal factors responsible for the shift from metaphoric terminology to pattern analysis. Dermatoscopy is responsible for the decline in the costs of skin cancer care by the reduction of the number needed to treat and by facilitating earlier detection when minor surgery saves the patient from major procedures, expensive systemic treatment, and sequelae. Moreover, dermatoscopy is capable of predicting the selected data from the pathology report with dermatoscopy (Breslow thickness, melanoma subtype, BCC subtype, SCC grade, presence of ulceration, regression or prediction of positive sentinel lymph nodes) which may also serve as a secondary control for the report, and may be used to tailor the most beneficent treatment for each patient. This technique proved to be useful for pre-surgical or pre-radiotherapy estimating tumor margins, evaluating the effects/radicality of the therapy (surgery, radiotherapy, cryotherapy, electrocautery, laser ablation, systemic or topical treatment). With the introduction of videodermatoscopy and digital imaging in dermatoscopy, new possibilities emerged including digital follow-up of the suspected lesions, monitoring post-treatment recurrence, and screening the high-risk groups.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that the method became a game-changer in dermato-oncology.

This book will intend to be a guide on how to read the malignant and benign skin lesions and how to apply the clinical context to the images to enhance physician's performance in skin cancer diagnosis.

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Date completed: March 10th 2021

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Review results due: September 24th 2021

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Expected publication date: November 23rd 2021

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Paweł Pietkiewicz

Greater Poland Cancer Center

Dr. Paweł Pietkiewicz is a board-certified dermatovenereologist (UEMS-EBDV) and an enthusiast of dermatoscopy. He earned his MD (2009) and PhD (Hons, 2016) from Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland, where he worked as a lecturer and a researcher. In 2018 he founded Polish Dermatoscopy Group for training medical specialists in skin cancer screening. In 2021 he became a Polish Board Member of International Dermoscopy Society. In the past year he has given numerous lectures in courses and congresses in Europe, Africa and Asia. His main areas of interest include skin cancer, dermatoscopy, inflammoscopy and artificial intelligence in dermatology. He is a recipient of Michael Hornstein Memorial EADV Scholarship (2015), SDF Grant (2015), Euroderm Excellence Grant (2015), SDS Grant (2017), BSPD Grant (2018), EADO Fellowship (2018) Sapienza University of Rome Fellowship (2018), and Eli Lilly Grant (2019, 2020). Dr. Pietkiewicz was a winner of the Dermoscopy Excellence Challenge (2018) and AI Challenges (FotoFinder 2018, 2019; Canfield’s DEXI - 2019). He has authored and co-authored over 100 manuscripts in dermatology and oncology.

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