It is important to keep in mind that once diagnosed with melanoma the future is not always grim. When caught early, surgical removal shows a cure rate of approximately 95%. Even patients with more advanced cases should have hope as the cure rate continues to rise.
A patient’s course of therapy is largely determined by the thickness of the primary tumor and stage of the cancer, as every stage requires different treatment. In the earlier stages, surgery is used to remove the primary tumor and determine if all the cancerous cells have been removed.