How Much Do You Know About Metastatic Melanoma?
Allison Tsai | Dec 3rd 2012 Oct 10th 2017
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Having metastatic melanoma means the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.
Most often the liver, lungs and brain become affected.
Metastatic melanoma is considered stage IV melanoma.
Stage IV means the cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes, other organs in the body, or areas in the body that are far from the original site of melanoma.
The term “metastatic melanoma” is only used for melanoma on the skin.
The term is also used for ocular and mucosal melanoma that has spread.
There is no treatment for metastatic melanoma.
Surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy are all used to treat metastatic melanoma. However, once melanoma has spread it is rarely curable.
Even if melanoma is surgically removed, it can recur.
Having ongoing doctor visits to check for melanoma is imperative. If melanoma returns, it can recur in the same spot, or somewhere else in the body. If it does recur in the same spot, it may appear on the surgery scar or look like small lumps under the skin in that spot.