Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried that I might have melanoma.
  • I have melanoma, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have melanoma, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried that I might have melanoma.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on February 12, 2018

  1. Could this skin lesion be a melanoma?
  2. Is there a test for melanoma, and how is it performed?
  3. How long does it take to get results? What information will the results include?
  4. Are there different kinds of biopsies? What do you recommend for me?
  5. Are there risks to having a melanoma biopsy performed?

I have melanoma, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on February 12, 2018

  1. What stage is my cancer? What does the stage mean for me?
  2. What are my treatment choices? Do you recommend surgery?
  3. What are the risks and benefits of each treatment?
  4. Should I consult a skin cancer specialist?
  5. How often should I have checkups?

I have melanoma, and I'm sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on February 12, 2018

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign that my melanoma is spreading?
  2. Could my problems be caused by the melanoma treatment I'm taking?
  3. Is there anything we can do to lessen the side effects of treatment?
  4. Should I try a different melanoma treatment?
  5. If standard of care treatments don't work, is there anything else I can try?