- How is melanoma skin cancer treated?
- 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 your treatment options with you. Depending on your situation, you could 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
Other specialists might be part of your treatment team as well, including physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, nutrition specialists, social workers, and other health professionals. To learn more about who could be on your cancer care team, see Health Professionals Associated With Cancer Care.
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 anything isn’t 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 might 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 there is time, 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: 05/01/2015
Last Revised: 05/18/2015