Melanoma spread to the liver, lungs and brain
My brother in law has melanoma skin cancer that has spread to the liver, lungs and brain. He is very weak and is in a hospice. Is there any treatment that he could have, or is it too late?
We are sorry to hear your brother in law is so ill with melanoma. Many melanomas are caught early when they are very treatable. But unfortunately, it is very difficult to treat once it has spread to other body organs. There is currently no treatment that will cure a melanoma that has spread. But treatments can sometimes shrink the melanoma and control it for some time. They include chemotherapy, biological therapies, radiotherapy and surgery. You can read about these treatments on the page about treatment for advanced melanoma.
A lot can be done to keep your brother in law comfortable. It is good that he is being cared for with the help of the local hospice. They are experts at controlling symptoms of cancer and other long term illnesses.
Relatives sometimes ask about getting people into clinical trials when cancer is as advanced as this. Many clinical trials for cancer treatments are designed for people with advanced cancer that has spread. We have a section about understanding clinical trials, which has information about this. We also have a section about melanoma, which contains information about diagnosis, treatment and living with melanoma.
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