• Head & Neck Mucosal Melanoma: After Treatment

Head & Neck Mucosal Melanoma: After Treatment

What happens after treatment for mucosal melanoma?

After your initial treatment, you should be offered regular follow-up appointments at the hospital to check that no cancer has returned, either to the original site or elsewhere in your body. You should be given information on how to make an appointment quickly at any time after your treatment if you are concerned. The schedule recommended in the guideline if you stay well is:

Year 1

  • Examination by the doctor: every 6-8 weeks
  • Scan to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread: every 3 months
  • Brain scan: every 6 months*

Years 2 – 3

  • Examination by the doctor: every 3 months
  • Scan to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread: every 6 months
  • Brain scan: every 6 months*

Years 4 – 5

  • Examination by the doctor: every 6 months
  • Scan to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread: every 12 months
  • Brain scan: every 12 months*

After 5 years the consultant may see you once a year or discharge you, since the risk of the cancer returning reduces with time. But you should have rapid access to advice if you are concerned.

You should be told how to make an appointment quickly at the clinic if you are concerned at any time in the future.

*You may be offered an MRI scan of your sinuses at the same time as the brain scan.

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