- How is melanoma skin cancer treated?
- Types of surgery for melanoma skin cancer
- Immunotherapy for melanoma skin cancer
- Targeted therapy for melanoma skin cancer
- Chemotherapy for melanoma skin cancer
- Radiation therapy for melanoma skin cancer
- Clinical trials for melanoma skin cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for melanoma skin cancer
How is melanoma skin cancer treated?
Once melanoma has been found and staged, your cancer care team will discuss treatment options with you. Depending on your own case, you may have different types of doctors on your treatment team. These doctors may include:
- A dermatologist: a doctor who treats diseases of the skin.
- A surgical oncologist: a doctor who uses surgery to treat cancer.
- A medical oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with medicines.
- A radiation oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with radiation.
Many other experts may be involved in your care as well, such as nurses, dietitians, social workers, and others.
It’s important to discuss all of your treatment options and their side effects with your treatment team to help decide what’s best for you. If there’s anything that’s not clear, ask to have it explained. (See the section “What are some questions I can ask my doctor about melanoma skin cancer?” for some questions to ask.)
Based on the stage of the cancer and other factors, your treatment options may include:
Early stage melanomas can often be treated with surgery alone, but more advanced cancers often need other treatments. Sometimes more than one type of treatment is used.
When time allows, getting a second opinion is often a good idea. It can give you more information and help you feel good about the treatment plan you choose.
Last Medical Review: 02/19/2014
Last Revised: 09/16/2014