Important information

A person with a suspected melanoma should be referred to a dermatologist who is a member of a relevant multidisciplinary team.

All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.


What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which starts in cells called melanocytes.

Graphic of a human body highlighting the skin cells


What tests do I need?

Common tests used to diagnose melanoma include:

  • physical examination
  • biopsy or removal of the suspected melanoma
  • blood tests
  • imaging - CT scan, MRI scan and/or PET scan.


What treatment options are there?

Treatment for melanoma can include one or more of the following:

  • surgery
  • targeted therapy
  • immunotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • chemotherapy.

If treatment is specialised and complex, patients may need to travel to have a part of their treatment. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this.


How common is melanoma in NSW?

Melanoma was diagnosed in:

  • 2011
    4036 people in NSW
  • 2012
    4270 people in NSW
  • 2013
    4333 people in NSW

Data Source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2013 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)

Better cancer care

Better cancer care

Every person with cancer should have their care overseen by a specialist on a multidisciplinary team.

Melanoma clinical guidelines

The nationally recognised best practice pathway for melanoma management in Australia.
Quick reference guide
Clinical guidelines