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What is Stage III melanoma?
Stage III melanoma has spread to the lymph nodes. Stage III can be divided into 4 categories based on the evolution of the tumour and the extent of the spread to the lymph nodes. These categories are classified as A, B, C and D. These 4 categories are used to determine prognosis and treatment of the melanoma.
What is primary treatment for Stage III melanoma?
Surgery may be recommended once diagnosis is confirmed. The goal of surgery is to remove the cancer and the affected lymph nodes to minimize the risk of the cancer returning.
What is the genetic mutation of the tumour?
The tissue that was removed during surgery will be tested for specific gene mutations. Certain mutations can alter a gene. For example, approximately half of all melanomas have a mutation in the BRAF gene. Identifying associated gene mutations can help determine if additional treatment options such as targeted therapies are recommended.
Once you know the stage of the melanoma, you can discuss next steps of care with your health care professional. Click here to view the complete guide detailing treatment options and FAQs for your appointment with your Medical Oncologist: