Follow-up care after lymph node removal

After lymph node removal for melanoma

Many people find getting back to normal after surgery for lymph node removal straightforward. For others, it may be more complicated. This depends on how the surgery has affected them, or if they are having other treatment. In time, and with the right support, people often find that they can adjust to any changes.

What to look for

It is important to check yourself for any signs of melanoma at least once a month. If another melanoma develops, there is more chance of curing it the earlier it is found. If you have any symptoms that you are worried about, you can contact your hospital doctor or specialist nurse between your follow-up appointments.

You will be asked to check:

  • your scar and the surrounding area
  • your skin, from head to toe, for any new or changing moles.

The ABCDE checklist can also give you an idea of what to look for.

You may also be asked to check other lymph nodes after your treatment. There are ways to reduce your chances of getting it. The British Association of Dermatologists produce a leaflet with advice about how to check your lymph nodes. You can download a copy from their website – visit bad.org.uk

Lymphoedema can sometimes happen after surgery on the lymph nodes. We have information on way to reduce your chances of getting it.

Skin care in the sun

After any treatment for melanoma, it is important that you continue to protect your skin from the sun. This does not mean that you can no longer enjoy sunshine or have holidays in sunny countries. But you will need to be careful. You should take sensible precautions to look after your skin, which will become part of your normal routine.

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Follow-up care after mole removal

After your melanoma is removed, you will have routine check-ups with your skin specialist. You will need to check your skin regularly.