What to Ask Your Doctor about Your Melanoma Diagnosis

You may find it helpful to print out these questions and bring them with you to your next doctor’s visit.

  • Do you know what stage of melanoma I have?
  • What is the thickness, in millimeters, of the melanoma (Breslow Depth)?
  • Is the melanoma ulcerated?
  • Did the surgery remove all of the cancer?
  • Do I need additional surgery?
  • What are the chances of my cancer coming back?
  • Will I need additional tests or procedures to confirm the stage of my melanoma?
  • Should I have another type(s) of treatment following surgery?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are clinical trials?  Would any be appropriate for me?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  • What are the goals of this treatment?
  • What are the side effects of this treatment?
  • What is my prognosis if I follow this treatment plan?
  • What follow-up care is necessary?
  • How frequently should I follow up with you for a skin cancer screening?
  • What steps can I take to reduce my risk of developing another melanoma?
  • What recommendations do you have for sun protection?
  • What is the risk of my family members developing melanoma?

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