Palliative treatment for advanced melanoma

Your medical team may talk to you about palliative treatment for advanced melanoma, which aims to manage symptoms and improve your quality of life without trying to cure the disease.

Many people think that palliative treatment is for people at the end of their life; however, it may be beneficial for people at any stage of advanced melanoma. It is about living for as long as possible in the most satisfying way you can.

As well as slowing the spread of cancer, palliative treatment can relieve any pain and help manage other symptoms. Treatment may include radiation therapy or drug therapies.

Palliative treatment is one aspect of palliative care, in which a team of health professionals aim to meet your physical, emotional, practical and spiritual needs. The team also provides support to families and carers.

For more information or free booklets about Palliative Care or Living with Advanced Cancer, call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or download digital copies from this page.

Video: What is Palliative Care?

Find out how palliative treatment aims to manage symptoms and improve people’s quality of life without trying to cure the disease.

This information was last reviewed in January 2017
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