NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Melanoma - page 43

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Melanoma
Version 1.2013
Part 4: Overview of melanoma treatments
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What stage of melanoma do I have?
What are the available treatments for this stage of
melanoma?
Will I have more than one treatment?
What are the risks and benefits of each treatment for
melanoma?
Will my age, general health, stage of melanoma, and
other medical conditions limit my treatment choices?
Do I have to get treated?
Where will I be treated? Will I have to stay in the
hospital or can I go home after each treatment?
What can I do to prepare for treatment? Should I stop
taking my medications? Should I store my blood in case
I need a transfusion?
How soon should I start treatment? How long does
treatment take?
How much will the treatment cost? How can I find out
how much my insurance company will cover?
How likely is it that I’ll be cancer-free after treatment?
What symptoms should I look out for while being treated
for melanoma?
When will I be able to return to my normal activities?
What is the chance that the melanoma will come back
and/or spread?
What should I do after I finish treatment?
Are there supportive services that I can get involved in?
Support groups?
4.5 Tools
Questions about treatment to ask your doctor
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