What are the American Academy of Dermatology recommendations for long-term monitoring following treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Susan M Swetter, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Regular clinical follow-up represents the most important strategy for detecting cutaneous melanoma recurrence. The need for further radiologic or laboratory studies to detect local, regional, or distant metastatic disease should be determined via history (review of systems) and physical examination findings.

Patients should be taught self-examination of the skin and lymph nodes in order to detect recurrent disease or new primary cutaneous melanoma.


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