Life After Treatment
Follow-Up Management: Stage 0 (Melanoma in Situ)
Patients with melanoma in situ should receive a physical examination, including a skin examination, every 6 months for one or two years following surgery and at least annually for years 3, 4, and 5. The frequency of examinations after two years depends on the perceived level of risk for new primary melanomas and for the recurrence of the previous tumor.
When melanoma is found and treated early, the chances for long-term, disease-free survival are excellent. With treatment, patients with melanoma in situ have a 5- and 10-year overall survival rate of 100%.1
See also If Melanoma Recurs.References
1Balch et al. Final version of the American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging System for Cutaneous Melanoma. J Clin Oncol 2001;19:3635-3648.