Planning treatment for melanoma
A team of doctors and other staff will work together to decide the best treatment for you.
They are known as a multidisciplinary team (MDT), and normally include:
a dermatologist, a doctor specialising in the treatment of skin disorders
a plastic surgeon, a doctor specialising in reconstructive surgery
pathologists, who advise on the type and extent of the melanoma
a skin cancer specialist nurse, who gives information, support and co-ordinates your treatment
oncologists, doctors experienced in cancer treatments.
It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as a psychologist or counsellor. The MDT will take a number of factors into account when advising you on the best course of action, including your age, general health, the type and size of the tumour and whether it has begun to spread.
For more on planning your treatment, you may find it helpful to read our information on giving your permission (consent) for treatment to begin and making decisions about cancer treatment.
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