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 these 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.
What to look for
You’ll need to continue checking your skin and lymph nodes after treatment. Follow your specialist’s advice about what to look and feel for. Make sure you examine yourself at least once a month.
The ABCDE checklist can help you remember what to look for: an asymmetrical shape; a border that’s blurred or irregular; a mole with more than one colour; a diameter usually larger than 6mm; and any moles that evolve (change) over time. For more information about the ABCDE symptoms, including photographs and a video, see our information about symptoms of melanoma.
If you notice anything that concerns you, let your specialist team at the hospital know.