After lymph node removal
For many people, getting back to normal after surgery is straightforward.
For others it may be more complicated, depending on how the surgery has affected them, or if they’re having other treatment. In time, and with the right support, people often find that they can adjust to any changes.
Skincare in the sun
After treatment for melanoma, it’s very important to avoid exposing your skin to strong sunlight.
Protecting yourself from the sun doesn’t mean that you can no longer enjoy sunshine or have holidays in sunny countries. But you’ll need to take sensible precautions, which will in time become part of your normal routine.
You can read more about what you can do to protect your skin in our section on life after melanoma treatment.
Lymphoedema is a swelling of an arm or leg – or, sometimes, another part of the body. It sometimes happens after you’ve had surgery or radiotherapy to lymph nodes. This is because taking the lymph nodes away or treating them with radiotherapy can sometimes block the normal flow of lymph. If this happens, fluid collects in the tissues under your skin and causes swelling.
Lymphoedema develops on the same side that your lymph nodes were removed from. So if you have lymph nodes removed from your right groin area, you may develop lymphoedema in your right leg. If you have lymph nodes removed from your right armpit, you may get lymphoedema in your right arm. Lymphoedema can develop weeks, months, or even years after treatment.