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Surgery is the main treatment for a melanoma that comes back in the same area. You may have surgery to remove a single recurrence or more than one recurrence.
If you have a lot of recurrences, it may be difficult to remove them all with surgery. In this case your specialist may advise you to have laser therapy. If the recurrences are confined to a limb, you may be advised to have chemotherapy directly into that limb. These treatments are carried out in specialist centres.
Occasionally, doctors use radiotherapy to treat a recurrent melanoma. It may be used if the melanoma is too big to remove with surgery or if other treatments aren’t suitable. Melanomas are not very sensitive to radiotherapy, but it may help shrink a recurrence that is large and causing pain.
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Read Jen's post about her experience of living with melanoma. It includes some tips on how to stay safe in the sunshine.
Melanoma is a type of cancer that usually starts in the skin. This group is a place for people affected by melanoma to get together, ask questions, share experiences and support each other.
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