Follow-up

If your melanoma was diagnosed at stage I, you are unlikely to have further recurrence once you have been treated. Although this is the case for most patients, those who have been treated for stage I melanoma are followed up to ensure the melanoma has not returned or spread, to identify new melanomas or other potential skin cancers and to offer support and education around the disease. Following consultation with your medical team, a follow-up plan should be put in place.

Values you may wish to consider during treatment

    • Are there any factors apart from curing your melanoma that you would like to take into account when receiving treatment?
    • Do you want the treatment that is most likely to leave your daily life unaffected?
    • How much do you want to avoid having a visible scar after treatment?
    • How important is it to you to maintain living an active lifestyle, taking into account your daily activities and hobbies?
    • Are there any aspects of the appearance of the scar or the function of that area that are very important to you or that will have a particular impact on you?
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