Follow-up after treatment for melanoma that has come back in the same area
After your treatment, you’ll have regular follow-up appointments.
During your clinic appointments, your specialists will examine any areas that have been treated for melanoma. They will also examine any existing or new moles and your lymph nodes.
Sometimes a melanoma that has previously come back in the same area can spread to other parts of the body. This is known as a secondary cancer (metastasis). If a melanoma does spread to other parts of the body, further treatment can be given.
We have more information about the treatment of melanoma that has spread to another part of the body.
What to look for
You’ll need to continue checking your skin after your treatment. Follow your specialist’s advice about what to look and feel for, and make sure you examine yourself at least once a month. The ABCDE checklist can also give you an idea of what to look for. If you notice anything that concerns you, let your specialist team at the hospital know.