What happens after treatment?

After your treatment, you will be seen regularly by your cancer specialist and possibly a specialist nurse at the hospital. They will monitor any potential side effects caused by the treatment, how you have responded to your treatment and how any symptoms have improved. You may have further scans, x-rays or blood tests. You will be shown how to self-examine your skin for any changes.

Many people find that they get anxious before appointments. This is natural and it may help to get support during this time from family, friends, or an organisation. If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms in between your regular check-ups, let your doctor know as soon as possible.

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Making treatment decisions

Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. Having the right information will help you make the right decision for you.


Surgery can sometimes be used to help control the growth of advanced melanoma and relieve symptoms.


Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat cancer. It can be given in different ways and will be carefully planned.

Clinical trials

Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.