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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/screening

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

Who can help?

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

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on the West Coast PHO's website.


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 meet the criteria, you will be seen as an outpatient at Christchurch Hospital.

If you prefer, you can pay to see a private dermatologist. You can find a private dermatologist in Nelson, Christchurch, or Dunedin.

Grey Base Hospital plastic surgery and minor surgery

More difficult or invasive melanomas, or non-cancerous lesions that can't be removed by a GP are removed (excised) by the Grey Base Hospital Plastic Surgery Service or Minor Surgery Clinic.

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed December 2016

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Review key: HIMEL-15455