Life After Melanoma

For most people, the cancer experience doesn't end on the last day of treatment. Life after cancer presents its own challenges that can last a lifetime. Many melanoma survivors find it hard not to worry about cancer growing or coming back.

Follow-up After Melanoma

Even after you’ve completed treatment, your doctors will still want to monitor your skin closely. Along with the risk of the melanoma coming back, people who have had melanoma have a higher risk of developing another one, so it’s very important to keep all follow-up appointments. During these visits, your doctors will ask about any problems you are having and may do exams and lab or imaging tests to look for signs of cancer or treatment side effects.

Some treatment side effects might last a long time or might not even show up until years after you have finished treatment. Your doctor visits are a good time to ask questions and talk about any changes or problems you notice or concerns you may have.