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.
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:
- targeted therapy
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:
Data source: Cancer statistics NSW portal (sourced from Institute Data Warehouse, Cancer Institute NSW. Available at: www.cancer.nsw.gov.au/cancer-statistics-nsw#/)