A form of cancer that begins in melanocytes (cells that make the pigment melanin). It may begin in a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as in the eye or in the intestines.
Melanoma treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy.
Possible side effects, depending on treatment, may include: hair loss; mouth sores; loss of appetite; nausea & vomiting; diarrhea or constipation; risk of infection; easy bruising or bleeding; and fatigue.
The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.