Melanoma treatment

The recommended treatment for melanoma depends on:

  • the type, size and location of the cancer
  • your general health
  • whether the cancer has spread to other parts of your body.

Learn more about treatment options for:

Treatment for early melanoma

Melanoma that is found early (stages 0–2 or localised melanoma) can generally be treated successfully with surgery. Tests such as CT or PET scans are not usually recommended for early melanoma.

If the melanoma has spread to nearby lymph nodes or tissues (stage 3 or regional melanoma), treatment may also include removal of the lymph nodes and adjuvant treatments.

Treatments include:

Making treatment decisions

Sometimes it is difficult to decide on the type of treatment to have. You may feel that everything is happening too fast. Check with your doctor how soon your treatment should start, and take as much time as you can before making a decision.

You have the right to accept or refuse any treatment offered, to ask for more information, or to get a second opinion. In some cases, you may be able to take part in a clinical trial that is testing new or modified treatments.

To find out more about decision-making steps, consent and second opinions, read our page on Making cancer treatment decisions.

You may find our Question checklist helpful when thinking about the questions you want to ask your doctor. 

This information was last reviewed in January 2017
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