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Can melanoma return after successful treatment?

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Melanoma can come back after treatment. It can show up where it was before, or it can start on other places on your skin or in an organ inside your body like your liver. Your doctor will want to watch you closely for signs that the disease has returned, so it’s important to keep your appointments for checkups.

From: Treatments for Melanoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Melanoma: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome.”

The Skin Cancer Foundation: “Melanoma—Treatments.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Genes and Cancer,” ”Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “What Happens After Treatment for Melanoma Skin Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Melanoma Treatment (PDQ),” “Lymphedema (PDQ).”

Melanoma Research Foundation: “Melanoma Treatment.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Melanoma: Managing Treatment Side Effects.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Melanoma: Coping with Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 9, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Melanoma: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome.”

The Skin Cancer Foundation: “Melanoma—Treatments.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Genes and Cancer,” ”Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “What Happens After Treatment for Melanoma Skin Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Melanoma Treatment (PDQ),” “Lymphedema (PDQ).”

Melanoma Research Foundation: “Melanoma Treatment.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Melanoma: Managing Treatment Side Effects.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Melanoma: Coping with Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 9, 2018

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