• Head & Neck Mucosal Melanoma: If your cancer spreads

Head & Neck Mucosal Melanoma: If your cancer spreads

What happens if mucosal melanoma spreads?

If your cancer recurs or spreads (metastasis) If the cancer recurs (returns near the same spot as the original cancer) or it has spread elsewhere you may be offered systemic therapy similar to what you may have had before (see Adjuvant (extra) therapy, above). As described above, new treatments are constantly being developed and your consultant should tell you about their success rates, as well as the risks and benefits in your particular case. The cancer team should discuss the options with you and the availability of any clinical trials you could enter. There is little evidence that the routine use of chemotherapy or bio-chemotherapy is effective in the treatment of metastatic mucosal melanoma and it is not currently recommended by the guideline.

Depending on numerous factors relating to your tumour, you may be offered surgery or radiation therapy. Your consultant will discuss these types of treatment with you.

Following treatment for a recurrence or metastasis, you should be offered regular appointments. If the disease progresses, there are other options to make you more comfortable.

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