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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
Melanoma, Version 1.2014
Who should read this book?
Melanoma is a type of cancer that starts in skin
cells that give skin its color. Melanoma can
also form in the eyes, nose, mouth, genitalia,
or, rarely, in the internal organs. This book
focuses on treatment for melanoma that starts
in the skin. Patients and those who support
them—caregivers, family, and friends—may find
this book helpful. The information in this book
may help you talk with your treatment team,
understand what doctors say, and prepare for
treatment.
Does the whole book
apply to me?
This book includes information for many
situations. Thus, not everyone will get every test
and treatment listed. Your treatment team can
point out what applies to you and give you more
information. As you read through this book, you
may find it helpful to make a list of questions to
ask your doctors.
This book includes the recommendations that
NCCN experts agree are most useful. However,
each patient is unique and these specific
recommendations may not be right for you. Your
doctors may suggest other tests or treatments
based on your health and other factors. This
book does not replace the knowledge and
suggestions of your doctors.
Making sense of medical
terms
In this book, many medical words are included
that describe cancer, tests, and treatments.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Some of this information
may be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Keep reading and review the information. Be
sure to ask your treatment team to explain a
word or phrase that you don’t understand.
Words and acronyms that you may not know are
defined in the text or underlined when first used
on a page. All underlined words are defined
in the
Glossary
. Acronyms are also listed and
defined in the
Glossary
. Acronyms are words
formed from the first letters of other words. One
example is CBC for
c
omplete
b
lood
c
ount.
How to use this book
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