Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer which begins in cells called as melanocytes (these cells give pigment to the skin). It is more commonly seen in the white population and is related to the skin damage caused by ultraviolet rays of sun.
Wide local excision of the primary tumour is curable in early stage melanomas.
Biopsy of sentinel lymph nodes is a widely used procedure for skin melanoma. It is commonly performed for lesions >1mm thick. If a lymph node comes positive for disease, a radical lymph node dissection will often be required.
For patients with metastatic disease, medical management and/or radiation therapy will also be required. Medical treatment can include targeted therapy, immunotherapy and combination chemotherapy.
At Kokilaben hospital we offer standard of care treatment for patients with melanoma with molecular testing (BRAF analysis), standard surgical and medical care.
In patients with metastatic disease, survival depends upon the extent of distant metastasis, feasibility for resection and kind of treatment administered.
|For patients with disease 1mm or less in thickness||More than 90%|
|For patients with localized disease > 1mm thickness||50- 90%|
|For patients with distant metastasis||Less than 10%|
Melanoma patients have a higher risk of having melanoma in future. You must take care in the sun. The area where the melanoma was should be completely protected from sun.