What factors affect my prognosis with melanoma?

The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:

The stage of melanoma (whether cancer is found in the outer layer of skin only, or has spread to the lymph nodes, or to other places in the body Whether there was bleeding or ulceration at the primary site The location and size of the tumor The patient's general health

Although many people are successfully treated, melanoma can recur (come back).

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

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