The main treatment for most stages of melanoma is surgery. The goal is to remove as much of the cancer as possible. When found early, melanoma can be treated and cured. For late stage cancer, other treatments may be used to keep it from spreading or coming back.
The treatment plan is based on the type of cancer, age, general health, and outlook. Comfort measures are given to those with late stage cancer.
Your care team is made up of many types of health professionals. This includes doctors, surgeons, nurses, and pharmacists. Keep in touch with your team and to go recommended appointments. This will help you get the most from the treatments.
Melanoma treatment may include:
Treatments for many cancers are always changing. Some have yet to be found. As a result, clinical trials exist around the world. You may wish to ask your doctor if you should enlist in a clinical trial. You can find out about them at the US National Institutes of Health website.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 5/7/2019