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How will I feel if melanoma is spreading?

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It depends on where in your body the cancer has spread. For example, if it spreads to lymph nodes, they can get swollen and painful. If the melanoma goes to your lungs, you may have trouble breathing or a cough that won’t go away. If it shows up in your liver, you may have indigestion, a swollen belly, or yellow skin and eyes, a condition called jaundice. In general, though, it’s common for people with advanced melanoma to feel very tired, not feel hungry, and lose weight without trying.

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Guide to Staging—Melanoma.”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ).”

American Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Treatment of Melanoma Skin Cancer, by Stage,” “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Treatment for Advanced Melanoma Continues to Improve.”

Macmillan Cancer Support: “Understanding Advanced Melanoma.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Guide to Staging—Melanoma.”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ).”

American Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Treatment of Melanoma Skin Cancer, by Stage,” “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Treatment for Advanced Melanoma Continues to Improve.”

Macmillan Cancer Support: “Understanding Advanced Melanoma.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

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