Melanoma Surgery (RACS)

Melanoma Surgery (RACS)

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Melanoma Surgery – patient information to assist informed consent

This RACS patient education pamphlet provides information on surgery to remove melanoma. The topics discussed include:
-   Causes of melanoma
-   Different stages of melanoma (Tis, T1, T2, T3 and T4)
-   Diagnosis and biopsy of melanoma
-   ABCDE guidelines

Surgery for a large melanoma is described for patients who may need a skin graft or skin flap. The surgical techniques for the removal of a large melanoma described are:
-   Simple wide excision with linear scar
-   Excision with skin flap
-   Large excision with skin graft

This leaflet can be a useful tool for patients considering sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) to provide further information regarding the spread of melanoma. The possible complications of both surgical and non-surgical treatments are discussed in detail to assist the informed-consent process.

Mi-tec publishes 31 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons patient information brochures. Surgery to remove melanoma is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The RACS patient information brochures are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.