Melanoma Skin Cancer Overview

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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about melanoma skin cancer?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. You should feel free to ask any question that’s on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of your treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • Would you please write down the exact type of skin cancer I have?
  • How far has my melanoma spread within or beneath my skin?
  • How thick is the melanoma?
  • Do I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • Do I need to see any other doctors?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • What treatment choices do I have? What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of the treatment?
  • How quickly do we need to decide on treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • What are the risks and benefits of treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What are the risks and side effects to the treatments you suggest?
  • Will I have a scar after my treatment?
  • What are the chances of my cancer coming back with the treatment you suggest? What would we do then?
  • Should I take special care to avoid sun exposure?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?
  • Are my family members at risk for skin cancer? Should my family members be screened?

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Last Medical Review: 02/19/2014
Last Revised: 09/16/2014