Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It typically occurs in the skin but may also occur in other areas such as in the head and neck, intestinal and genitourinary systems. Patients may present with a new mole, or changes in an existing mole such as bleeding or increase in size.
A properly executed biopsy allows diagnosis, staging and appropriate surgical planning. When diagnosed early, melanomas can be cured with just surgery. An assessment of the regional lymph nodes through minimally invasive methods (sentinel lymph node biopsy) is critical for selected melanomas. In those with obvious nodal disease, complete lymph node dissection may be considered, with the aims of improving the quality of life and survival outcomes with the aid of additional immunotherapy.
Our doctors at Melissa Teo Surgery and The Surgical Oncology Clinic take extra care in coming up with a holistic plan for you. You will be actively involved in the discussions to ensure that you are comfortable with the decision made.