Melanoma that has metastasized or spread beyond draining lymph nodes is considered stage IV melanoma. The most common sites of spread beyond the skin include the lung, liver and brain.
Our recommended treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma depend on multiple factors, including the patient’s age and overall health, the locations and number of metastases, how fast the disease is spreading, and the patient’s wishes for treatment.
Treatment options include molecularly targeted therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical resection for isolated metastases. Patients can always consider participating in a clinical trial as a treatment option as well.
Your cancer treatment should not be “one-size-fits-all.” Through the Melanoma Program, we work with you to create a plan that may include one or a combination of treatments.