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

Option 2 – Delayed Closure

TIME OF EXCISION

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

Option 3 – Hospital

TIME OF EXCISION

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 DELAYED CLOSURE

Variable