The multidisciplinary team (MDT) who planned your the surgery (wide local excision) for your original melanoma will also be involved in planning treatment of any recurrence. The MDT may include:
- dermatologists (doctors who specialise in skin conditions)
- skin cancer nurse specialists
- plastic surgeons
- oncologists (doctors who specialise in treating cancer).
They will meet to discuss the treatment plan they feel is best for you.
The MDT will take a number of factors into account when advising you about treatment. They will consider your general health, the size of the recurrence and whether it has begun to spread.
If two treatments are equally effective, your doctors may offer you a choice. Sometimes people find it hard to make a decision. If you are asked to choose between treatments, make sure you have enough information about the different options, what is involved and the possible side effects. This will help you decide on the right treatment for you.