What to ask your doctor about diagnosing melanoma
Some questions you may want to ask your doctor
- I have a strange looking mole, so should I go to hospital to have it removed?
- What happens if I don't have the mole removed?
- How do you know you've taken enough tissue away to stop the mole coming back?
- When do I have the stitches out and who will do it?
- When will I get my results and who will give them to me?
- How often will I come back and see you after I have the mole removed?
- Who should I contact if I'm worried before my next appointment?
- What is the chance of my melanoma coming back?
- How thick is my melanoma?
- Is the melanoma ulcerated and what does that mean for me?
- I was told there was a lot of inflammation around the melanoma when it was taken out - what does that mean for me?
- Am I likely to need any more surgery and when will I have it?
- Will I need a skin graft?
- Will I need any other tests or investigations?
- Will the tests show whether I have melanoma anywhere else?
- Should I have a sentinel lymph node biopsy?
- Can I have the tests as an outpatient?
- Do I have to do anything to prepare for any of the tests?
- Are any of the tests painful or do they have after effects?
- Will I need to take time off work?
- Now that I've had one, do I have a high risk of getting another melanoma?
- Would it help if I had all my moles removed?
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