Life After Melanoma
For most people, the cancer experience doesn't end on the last day of treatment. Life after cancer brings challenges that can last a lifetime and many melanoma survivors find it hard not to worry about cancer growing or coming back.
Follow-up After Melanoma
After treatment, your doctors will still want to monitor your skin closely. In addition to risk of melanoma coming back, people who have had melanoma have a higher risk of developing another one. This is why it is important to keep all follow-up appointments. During these appointments, your doctors will ask about any problems you may be experiencing and might perform exams and lab or imaging tests to look for signs of cancer or treatment side effects.
Some treatment side effects may last a long time or might not even show up until years after your treatment has been completed. Follow-up appointments are also a good time to ask questions and talk about any changes or problems you notice or concerns you might have.