Adjuvant therapies for melanoma

If there’s a risk that the melanoma could come back (recur), other treatments are sometimes used after surgery to try to reduce that risk. These are known as adjuvant (or additional) therapies.

They may include:

  • radiation therapy – the use of x-rays to damage or kill cancer cells (also known as radiotherapy)
  • targeted therapy – the use of drugs to attack particular gene mutations that allow cancers to grow and spread
  • immunotherapy – the use of drugs to stimulate the body’s immune system to recognise and fight some types of cancer cells.

For more on radiation therapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, see Treatment for advanced melanoma.

You may also be offered an opportunity to participate in a clinical trial.

This information was last reviewed in January 2017
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