- How is melanoma skin cancer treated?
- Types of surgery for melanoma skin cancer
- Chemotherapy for melanoma skin cancer
- Immunotherapy for melanoma skin cancer
- Targeted therapy 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 recommend treatment options. 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.
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.
Think about your choices without feeling rushed. If there is anything that’s not clear, ask to have it explained.
Last Medical Review: 09/26/2012
Last Revised: 05/30/2013