After treatment for melanoma
What follow-up do I need?
No matter what type of cancer treatment you get, you will still need to have regular check-ups once it is over. This is called follow-up.
At first you will see your consultant every 3 to 6 months for at least 1-5 years.
The follow-up will involve a full skin check, examination of the site of your surgery, lymph glands and may involve blood tests, X-rays or other scans.
You will also have the chance to ask any questions you have, and to let your doctor know if you have new symptoms, are having any problems or finding it hard to cope.
If you're between check-ups and have a symptom or problem that is worrying you, contact your doctor or specialist nurse for advice or to make an appointment, if necessary.
Check and protect
It’s very important to check your skin regularly for changes after treatment for melanoma. You should also be extra careful to protect your skin from UV rays, as you have a higher risk of developing another melanoma. Use the SunSmart Code to help protect your skin.
Examine the wound site
If you had surgery, check the wound site when the scar is healed as part of your regular skin check routine. Watch out for changes such as lumps, bumps or a change of colour.
Feelings after treatment
It can take some time to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis, even after your treatment has ended. Read about feelings after treatment and where to get support.
Healthy lifestyle changes
Many people want to make healthy lifestyle changes after a cancer diagnosis. Get some advice on healthy living here.
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