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What is the first step in treating melanoma?

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The first step in treating melanoma is to remove the tumor from your skin, usually with surgery. Your doctor or surgeon will numb your skin and cut out the melanoma, plus some extra skin around it. You’ll have stitches for one to two weeks. If it isn’t deep, a doctor who treats skin, called a dermatologist, can do the operation during a regular surgery visit, and you can go home right after. This might be all you need, especially if the cancer is only in the top layer of your skin.

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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