NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Part 6: A step-by-step treatment guide
6.1 Melanoma testing
Presents the first set of tests used to confirm
melanoma and plan treatment.
6.2 In situ and local melanoma
Presents the tests and treatments recommended
for melanoma tumors that have not spread
beyond the skin. This includes stage 0 (in situ),
stage I, and stage II.
6.3 Regional melanoma
Presents the tests and treatments for melanoma
that has spread from the primary tumor to nearby
skin, lymph vessels, and/or lymph nodes—stage
6.4 Persistent melanoma and
Presents the treatments for melanoma that did
not go away or came back after treatment but
has not spread beyond the area near the first
6.5 Metastatic melanoma
Presents the treatments for melanoma that has
spread to parts of the body far away from the
first tumor—stage IV melanoma.
Part 6 is a guide through treatment for people with
melanoma skin cancer. It shows what tests and
treatments are recommended under which conditions.
This information is taken from the treatment guidelines
written by NCCN experts for melanoma doctors.
Much effort has been made to make this guide easy
to read. Charts list the treatment options and map the
steps through the treatment process. Text along with
each chart explains the information presented in the
chart. Some words that you may not know are defined
on the page and in the
in Part 9. More
information about the tests and treatments in this guide
can be found in Parts 2 through 5.
This guide is meant to help you talk with your doctor
about your treatment options. It is organized by how
much the cancer has grown. Follow the
to the right to find the recommended care for you.