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Looking after myself after a diagnosis of melanoma

There are many things you can do to take care of yourself after you have had a melanoma.

Stage 3 or 4 melanoma

If your melanoma was more serious, a hospital dermatologist will manage your follow-up care.

High-risk people and screening

Some people have a higher risk of melanoma. If your GP or dermatologist considers you to be high risk, they may refer you to the Christchurch Hospital Dermatology Department for regular skin screening. You may be offered total body photography and dermoscopy.

You may want to pay to see a private dermatologist. You can search for a private dermatologist on Healthpages or on Healthpoint

Who can help?

These people and organisations may be involved in your (or a family member or friend's) healthcare.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Dermatologists

The Christchurch Hospital Dermatology Department sees patients with skin conditions or diseases, such as melanoma, rashes, eczema, and acne, on referral from a health professional. If your GP refers you to the Dermatology Department and you meed the criteria, you will attend as an outpatient.

If you prefer, you can pay to see a private dermatologist. Find a private dermatologist on:

Christchurch Hospital Plastic Surgery Department

The Christchurch Hospital Plastic Surgery Outpatients department removes (excises) the more difficult or invasive melanomas or non-cancerous lesions that a GP can't remove. The department is on the 3rd floor, Parkside, at Christchurch Hospital.

Skin lesion excision clinics take place at Burwood Hospital Outpatients Procedure Unit.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated September 2016

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