I melanoma is the thinnest form of the disease with no spread to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes. I melanoma can be further subdivided into IA and IB.
IA means all of the following:
IB can be categorised as either:
Your case will be discussed by a Local Skin Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), which includes a(skin doctor), a plastic surgeon, an (cancer doctor), a specialist nurse, a pathologist (who reviews the ) and a radiologist (x-ray/scan doctor) and possibly some other types of support staff.
After the removal of aIA melanoma you should have an initial follow-up appointment, where you will be shown what to look out for in future and to address any questions or concerns that you may have. You will also have further appointments for the doctors to examine you.
If your doctor thinks you have a . If this is ‘negative’ your melanoma will be now be considered as IA which has a better . If your is positive, your melanoma will be considered III and you would be eligible for . These treatments will be discussed with you by an .IB , you may be offered a
If you don’t have a, your IB melanoma will usually be seen every three months for three years and then every six months for another five years.
I melanoma treatment is straightforward and usually involves removal of the skin around the melanoma to fully remove it. The type of surgery is usually one involving a direct closure with a linear or straight line scar. At sensitive sites, such as the face or hands, different options for reconstruction would be explained to you in order to enable you to complete the required treatment that suits your individual needs. For example, a local flap (nearby spare skin in moved around) or (a shaving of skin or a piece of skin is used as a dressing) may be a better option in some sites.
If your melanoma was diagnosed atI you are unlikely to have further recurrence of your disease and almost everyone is cured by their surgery, provided you have had sufficient tissue from around the melanoma removed.
The following information should be used as part of a discussion with your medical team about the most appropriate treatment for your melanoma. Patients should also be aware that they may not be suitable for all the diagnostic interventions and treatments outlined below.