Treatments for melanoma skin cancer
If you have melanoma skin cancer, your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for melanoma skin cancer, your healthcare team will consider:
- the stage of the cancer – whether it is early stage, locoregional or metastatic
- the risk that the cancer will come back (recur)
- where the cancer is located
- how treatments will affect how you look
- your personal preferences (what you want)
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