Treatment

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Your team of doctors, called a multidisciplinary team (MDT), will care for and treat your child, and will ensure that all your child’s needs are considered while they have cancer treatment. The section called The treatment team has further  information about this.

Treatment for melanoma depends on:

  • the age of your child
  • the stage of the cancer
  • other factors.

Doctors will suggest treatments based on your child’s situation. Treatment may involve one or more of the following:

  • surgery
  • targeted therapy.

Surgery

Your child will most likely have surgery to treat melanoma. Your doctor will remove the melanoma and some of the surrounding healthy tissue. If the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, your doctor may take these out as well.

See How is cancer treated – surgery for more detail about cancer surgery.