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What to ask your doctor about treating melanoma

Men and women discussing melanoma skin cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • What stage is my melanoma and what does this mean?
  • How thick was the melanoma and how does that affect my outlook (prognosis)?
  • What is the chance that the melanoma will come back or spread?
  • Is there any other treatment you recommend after surgery?
  • Why do I need this treatment?
  • Do I have a choice of treatment?
  • What is the aim of the treatment?
  • How long does the treatment take?
  • What are the short and long term side effects of the treatment?
  • What written information can you give me about my treatment?
  • Is there a specialist nurse I can see?
  • Are there any experimental treatments I could try or trials that you would recommend for me?
  • How can I get a second opinion?
  • How often will you want to see me after my treatment finishes?
  • What will happen at my follow up appointments?
  • Is there a number I can call if I am worried between appointments?
  • Should I have my other moles checked regularly and if so, how and where?
  • Is there anything else I should be looking out for?

 

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Updated: 23 January 2014