• Head & Neck Mucosal Melanoma: Tests & Examination

Head & Neck Mucosal Melanoma: Tests & Examination

What are the tests for head and neck mucosal melanoma?

At the hospital the consultant will examine you, including the lump, and your neck. You should also have a CT or MRI scan and a biopsy where they take a small sample of the lump to examine under a microscope. If the consultant makes a diagnosis of head and neck mucosal melanoma, you would normally have a PET-CT scan of your body to check whether the cancer has spread. There are several specific genes which have been identified that may be involved in some, but not all, mucosal melanoma tumours. The pathologist should test the tissue sample from the biopsy to see if one of these identified genes is involved in your cancer as this will help decide the best treatment for you, now and in the future.

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