Surgery for advanced melanoma

In some cases the surgeon will be able to do a wide local excision to treat metastatic melanoma that involves other parts of the skin. The surgeon will also remove nearby lymph nodes if they are cancerous. This procedure is called a lymph node dissection or lymphadenectomy.

If the melanoma has spread to internal organs, surgery may still be possible, but this will depend on a number of factors. The type of operation you have will depend on the part of your body that is affected.

For more on this, talk to your medical team, call Cancer Council 13 11 20, or download the booklets from this page.

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