Surgery is normally used to treat advanced melanoma that has not spread very far. Surgery can sometimes control the growth of advanced melanoma and relieve symptoms.
The type of operation you have will depend on the area the melanoma has spread to:
- Skin – Surgery can remove a melanoma that has spread to the skin and caused a new lump.
- Lymph nodes – If the melanoma spreads into distant lymph nodes they may become enlarged or hard, so you may have surgery to remove them.
- Brain – If you have a secondary tumour in your brain but nowhere else, you may have surgery to remove it.
- Liver – If the melanoma has spread to a single area of your liver and nowhere else, it may be possible to remove the tumour with surgery.
- Lungs – If the melanoma has spread to a single area of your lungs and nowhere else, it may be possible to remove the tumour with surgery.
Your doctor will talk to you about the options available for you. You will have the chance to ask them any questions before your operation.