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What are the side effects of melanoma treatments?

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Melanoma treatments might cause other kinds of health problems, including:

  • Pain
  • Scars
  • Swelling in your arms or legs, called lymphedema
  • Infection
  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling sick to your stomach
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Anxiety or depression

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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