Living with melanoma

After treatment finishes

Your doctor will discuss with you your follow up plan. This will vary depending on the stage of your cancer.

Once your treatment is over, your doctor will ask you to come back for regular check-ups. This is known as follow-up. At first these may be quite often but will gradually become less frequent over the years. At the check-up, your doctor will examine your skin closely. You may also have tests like X-rays, scans or blood tests. If you are between check-ups or you have a symptom or problem that worries you, let your doctor know without delay.

Get support

There are many cancer support centres and voluntary groups around the country. If you feel they could help you and your family, call the Cancer Nurseline on freephone 1800 200 700. The Helpline nurses can give you more information on counselling or support groups in your area.

We can also help you cope with the emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis.

Read next: Causes and prevention of melanoma.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Monday, April 30, 2018