Treatment Options for Malignant Melanoma

Option #1 - Excision
⏱ Time of Excision

~ 30 Minutes

💵 Cost

Lower ~$350-$800

🏥 When We Recommend

Melanoma on trunk or extremities that has depth to it but not too deep

🤕 Sutures Typically Used

Yes

Cure Rate

Usually > 90%

Scar from Excision**

Usually a straight line

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Option #2 - Delayed Closure
⏱ Time of Delayed Closure

~ Multiple 30 minute appointments every day until cancer is successfully removed

💵 Cost

Intermediate ~$600-$2000

🏥 When We Recommend

Really only used for melanomas on surface of skin which have no depth (called melanoma in situ or lentigo maligna)

🤕 Sutures Typically Used

Yes

Cure Rate

Usually  > 90%

Scar from Delayed Closure**

Variable

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Option #3 - Hospital
⏱ Time at Hospital

Incredibly variable depending on needed treatment

💵 Cost

High – varies depending on treatment

🏥 When We Recommend
  • Deep melanomas
  • For melanomas that have spread
  • Complicated cases
🤕 Sutures Typically Used

Yes

Cure Rate

Variable

Scar from Mohs**

Variable

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