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Melanoma has the ability to spread to other parts of the body if it is not treated during its early stages. If it is diagnosed and treated when the tumor is thin and has not deeply invaded the skin, melanoma can be cured. However, if it is not removed at its early stages, cancer cells may grow downward from the skin surface and invade healthy tissue, making the cancer very difficult to control.
 
Several types of treatment can be used for melanoma, including:
 
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Radiation therapy.
 
Each choice has its own benefits and drawbacks. Review the potential side effects with your healthcare provider so you can make an informed choice about your care. Many people find it helpful to write down questions before their appointment and to record what their healthcare provider says.
 
(Click Melanoma Treatment for more details on this topic. This article also features a discussion on follow-up care.)
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