is any additional treatment that is given after your melanoma has been surgically removed and no visible melanoma has been left behind or can be seen on a scan. The aim of is to try to stop the melanoma from returning after your operation. It may be, however, that your melanoma will not return without further , however, there is always a risk that your III melanoma could return. Currently, we can’t predict which patients require to ensure they are given the best chance of an overall cure. You and the will need to consider the possibility of preventing the melanoma from returning against the potential of the .
In order to know whether anwill increase the chance of patients being ‘cured’ of their melanoma, it is important to follow-up patients for some years after their treatment. We currently don’t have such a long follow-up of all patients, however, we do have evidence that there is a reduction in the local and distant recurrence of the melanoma returning and some early evidence of an improvement in cure rates. It is very much thought that the reduction in local recurrence is linked to cure. There are three treatment options that have been assessed and are approved in the UK.
The effect ofon your day-to-day life will depend on the type of treatment you are receiving and a number of other factors, including your general health and any or complications you might experience. Treatment is for a year for all of the treatment options; one treatment is an oral regimen and the other two are given intravenously (via a drip) usually in hospital. Some people may carry on almost as normal, whilst others may feel quite unwell and unable to work or socialise during their treatment. It is important that you discuss the balance of the side-effects with the benefits of treatment with your .
For further information, please see individual treatment options below: